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George Freeman-Everybody Say Yeah!
Southport Records Announces the Release of George Freeman — Everybody Say Yeah!
GEORGE FREEMAN — EVERYBODY SAY YEAH!
THE BEST of SOUTHPORT, REMASTERED
plus a New Recording* and Unreleased Tracks**
"Freeman toned everything down with his ballad “Perfume,” a testament to the poetry he’s capable of. Beyond the lyric beauty of the song itself, Freeman caressed its motifs as only a very seasoned musician could, the feathery quality of his tone matched by the tenderness of his phrasing."
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Guitarist George Freeman IS jazz history. The vibrant and iconoclastic guitar legend looks forward to his 95th birthday on April 10, 2022 and a new CD documenting his recordings from Southport Records that span twenty-six years of music from our "Real Jazz Made In Chicago" catalog. Eleven of the fourteen songs are Freeman's originals, including a new recording of "Perfume."
His memories burn bright, including a childhood surrounded by jazz greats trumpeter Louis Armstrong and pianist Fats Waller who would stop by his Chicago home for a visit and to play the piano. His life in music has taken him around the world, but home and family in Chicago have always been where his heart is. Growing up with his eldest brother and drummer Eldridge (known as Bruz) on drums and middle brother Von on the tenor saxophone, George was destined to forge his own unique sound on the guitar.
George Freeman recorded a date with Charlie Parker "An Evening In Chicago" (Savoy 1950), and he remembers a time when Bird wouldn't go onstage without him. As a spirited side man, Freeman has worked with a long roster of jazz greats, from Gene Ammons and Richard "Groove" Holmes to Johnny Griffin and Dinah Washington. As an elder statesman, he continues to influence a new generation of Chicago's jazz legacy.
George Freeman begins his shows with a call to the audience: "Everybody Say Yeah!"
The audience joins in, waiting to respond again to "Everybody say Hell Yeah!"
Hear George shout: "PLAY THE CD AND LET'S GET STARTED!"
GEORGE FREEMAN – EVERYBODY SAY YEAH!: UPC 700797015323
STREET DATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2022 ~ TOTAL RUN TIME 78:43 ~
~ Available on Amazon and All Digital Platforms ~
GEORGE FREEMAN—EVERYBODY SAY YEAH! © 2022 Southport Records
George Freeman, Electric Guitar on All Tracks
1. Peak (4:34) feat. Alejo Poveda & Ruben Alvarez
2. There Will Never Be Another You (7:55)
3. My Scenery (4:23) featuring Chico Freeman
4. It's Cha Time! (4:04) featuring Eldee Young
5. Summertime** (9:43) featuring Joanie Pallatto
6. George Burns! (5:55)
7. Gorgeous George (7:20) featuring John Devlin
8. Vonski (5:00) featuring Von Freeman
9. Cha Cha Blue (3:42) feat. Billy Branch
10. Manteca** (7:29)
11. Perfume* (4:13) feat. Mike Allemana
12. A Mother's Love (5:13)
13. Marko (2:37) feat Harrison Bankhead
14. Low Funk (6:05) feat. Tatsu Aoki
WITH MUSIC, APPRECIATION AND LOVE TO ALL THE MUSICIANS:
GEORGE FREEMAN, Electric Guitar and Leader; Mike Allemana, electric guitar; Ruben Alvarez, congas and timbales; Tatsu Aoki, acoustic bass; Harrison Bankhead, acoustic bass; Billy Branch, harmonica; Kirk Brown, piano; John Devlin, electric bass and accordion; Hamid Drake, drums; Luiz Ewerling, drums and percussion; Chico Freeman, tenor sax and soprano sax; Von Freeman, tenor sax and piano; Lou Gregory, piano; Joe Jenkins, drums; Joanie Pallatto, vocal; Penny Pendleton, acoustic bass; Alejo Poveda, drums; Michael Raynor, drums; Phil Thomas, drums; Eldee Young, acoustic bass
CREDITS: 2019 Review Quote-Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune; Todd A. Carter-Engineer; Al Brandtner-Graphic Design; Cover Photo and Booklet Photos; -Lauren Deutsch; CD Label Photo-Howard Greenblatt; Joanie Pallatto & Sparrow-Producers (and other photos)…
VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO Mark Freeman for his never-ending love and support of his "UNK" George Freeman!
SOUTHPORT RECORDS — REAL JAZZ MADE IN CHICAGO 773-281-8510
George Freeman & Chico Freeman "All In The Family"
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