By ROBIN LLOYD
Saxophonist Chico Freeman has been on a 10-year journey of discovery.
“I always wanted to try to live in another place, besides the United States. I went from Chicago to New York, and I always had it in my mind that I wanted to base myself somewhere else in the world. I wanted to edify myself about other cultures and how people express music relative to their cultures,” he says.
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It takes a truly dedicated musician to, after recording many records as leader, move to another part of the world to surround himself around different cultures, people, experiences….just so that he can perfect his craft and become a better person. That’s exactly what Chico Freeman did when he moved to Europe which is where he’s been for the last 10 years. But he’s back with a record that makes a statement that you hear loud and clear.
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After living and working in Europe for the last decade, innovative saxophonist Chico Freeman makes his long-awaited return to the United States in May, with a special two set performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City on Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. The full performance will be live-streamed at Jazz.org/live. Marking this auspicious homecoming, the creative and trailblazing artist will celebrate with the domestic release of his tour-de-force album Spoken Into Existence (Jive Music, May 13, 2016). Freeman’s stateside return offers more cause for celebration, as he introduces audiences to his new ensemble: The Chico Freeman Plus+tet featuring pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Nasheet Waits and exotic percussionist Reto Weber.
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