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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fred Anderson - Staying In The Game (ESP, 2009) ****

Still going strong at the age of 80. It's not given to many, and yet he keeps doing it, really going strong. Yes, he plays his signature style of warm, soulful free jazz, that still has the joy and rhythmic nervousness of bop somewhere in them, and he is a wonderful listener too, open to new sounds and approaches. His sound is excellent, his improvisations are emotional, spritual and focused. His companions are great too: Harrisson Bankhead on bass and Tim Daisy on drums. True, he is not breaking any boundaries anymore, but with his achievements and track record, any of his performances at this level are a joy to hear. So, relax, sit down and enjoy the music.

© stef