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[tab]Chico Freeman was formed in the crucible of music that is his family, under the tutelage of his father Von Freeman, a goliath of the tenor saxophone.
He was seasoned in Chicago’s rhythm and blues arena. His technique was deepened and his mind stretched in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). He had met the challenge of drummer Elvin Jones’s turbulence.
In short, when Chico Freeman made Beyond the Rain in 1977, he had arrived as a leader among the young lions of jazz. This album was an announcement that he knew who he was and where he was going. Accompanied on this leg of his journey by Jones, Hilton Ruiz, and Joony Booth, Chico Freeman’s power, control, and eagerness to explore the edges of improvisation created excitement and a sense in the listener that something important was happening. It was.[/tab]