Guitarist George Freeman Performs his 1972 Delmark release BIRTH SIGN Live at Jazz Record Art Collective.
The Jazz Record Art Collective (JRAC), a monthly series providing local musicians and visual artists alike an opportunity to collaborate and pay homage to influential Jazz artists, continues at the Fulton Street Collective in 2017 with one of the great Chicago jazz icons bringing to the stage one of his finest works.
Wednesday, January 18 the George Freeman Quartet will be performing Freeman's 1972 Delmark Records release Birth Sign in it's entirety.
George Freeman - Photo by Christine Jeffers
“This is George’s first record, released in 1972 by Delmark. George had been playing with Gene Ammons for about 3 years when this came out. The album was done in two sessions. One tune was with Robert Pierce on organ, Lester Lashley on bone, and Kalaparusha, an AACM saxophonist. The other tunes which were from a second session feature Von Freeman, organist Sony Burke, and drummer Billy Mitchell.
Michael Cuscuna did the liner notes and organized the session for Bob Koester. Every song in the album is an original by George, except for a standard, My Ship, and a Robin Kenyatta tune called “Must be, must be.” George dedicated this album to Jerry Field, who was Groove Holmes’s manager and died in a car accident in early 1970…George had been a rising star at the point of this album’s release. He was touring extensively at the time with Gene Ammons and in Groove Holmes’s group as well. Also, in June of 1971, George was in a feature article by Dan Morgenstern in Down Beat magazine called
“Fire is the Essence.” So the timing of the release of Birth Sign was right at the peak of George’s fame.”
George Free Quartet is:
George Freeman – Guitar
Mike Allemana – Guitar
Pete Benson – Keys
Mike Schlick - Drums
"The Jazz Record Art Collective," occurs on select Wednesdays of every month at the Fulton Street Collective, located at 1821 W. Hubbard St. Each month, Anderson and Lanasa introduce a new lineup of jazz musicians, painters, and photographers, responding to a different record and musician.
Admission is a suggested donation of $10.
Jazz Record Art Collective
George Freeman Quartet performing
His 1972 Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Fulton Street Collective
1821 W. Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60612
$10 Suggested Donation
$5 with Valid Student ID