George Freeman

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George Freeman
At Long Last George

Much has been written about Chicago's role in the history of jazz. It has been home to all time greats from Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines at the Lincoln Gardens and the Grand Terrace to Benny Goodman's Orchestra, followed by Gene Ammons and the super saxophonists of the bebop and hard bop era, then on to the cultural genius of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Throughout it all there has been the Freeman family: George Freeman, Earl "Von" Freeman, and Bruz Freeman. George on guitar, along with brother Von on saxophone, the Freemans have been the First Family of Chicago jazz for half of the 20th century. Even so, as Chicago moves into the 21st century George Freeman, and the Freeman family, here surrounded by other Chicago stalwarts are still swinging and leading the way. Vocalist Rene Elling thought enough of the Freeman's to drop by the sessions and can be heard on "At Long Last Love" and Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar".

George Freeman- guitar & leader; Von Freeman- tenor saxophone; Maurice Brown- trumpet; Gerey Johnson- guitar; Curtis Prince- drums; Kurt Elling/ Rene Marie- vocals.

Tracks: Little Langley; Orange Chair Tango; Dombei; Sneaky Soul; That Dirty Thang; Wang!; I Can Be Nice; Dark Secrets; Boppin' and Eatin'.

 Keep Swinging Brothers

 The Black Cat


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