Chico Freeman

Saxophone [ USA ]

Member Profile in ENGLISH

Chico Freeman, the multi-reedman, composer and producer embodies the intent of jazz by finding new avenues of expression that embrace the heritage and tradition of the music. Many critics have compared him to the greats in jazz history, but the proof, beyond arguable opinion, is in the fact that he has played and recorded with some of the most innovative musicians in the world.

Few artists can equal his list of musical associations: Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Jack DeJohnette, Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Hank Jones, Freddie Cole, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Haynes, Von Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Billy Hart, Lester Bowie, Famadou Don Moye, Cecil McBee, Kirk Lightsey, John Hicks, Mal Waldron, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Eurythmics, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and many others.

From South America to Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, Freeman has performed and recorded with such Latin greats as Tito Puente, Machito, Irakere, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Celia Cruz, Giovanni Hidalgo, Paulinho DaCosta, Nana Vasconcelos, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and Puerto Rico’s famous El Gran Combo.

Mitgliederprofil auf DEUTSCH

Sowohl mit eigenen Gruppen als auch mit Jack DeJohnettes Special Edition und mit McCoy Tyner bespielt er große amerikanische und europäische Festivals.

1984 gründete er mit Famoudou Don Moye die All Star-Formation The Leaders, dem außer ihm Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, Kirk Lightsey, Cecil McBee und anfangs Don Cherry und Don Pullen angehörten.

An seinen jüngeren Einspielungen sind auch Mal Waldron oder Dianne Reeves beteiligt. Daneben wirkte er auch an Alben von Tito Puente, Machito, Ray Barretto, Lester Bowie oder Kip Hanrahan mit.