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[tab] Chico Freeman showed a great deal of potential in the 1970s when the young tenor saxophonist recorded frequently.
His profile has been a lot lower since that era, but he is still quite capable of playing rewarding music as he shows on this project, The Emissary, from 1995.
Teamed with a group of San Francisco Bay-area musicians who form the Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble, Chico Freeman plays quite well on tenor, soprano, and bass clarinet. The music ranges from Latin jazz to world music, with a touch of reggae and pop, and a relatively straight-ahead “Seven Steps to Heaven.”
Since the Josh Jones group is essentially a rhythm section, Chico Freeman is the main voice throughout and he comes up with plenty of creative ideas throughout this fairly accessible set.[/tab]