Ultimate Frontier CD (1996)

Artist: Ari Brown

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Label Delmark
SKU 60202930
UPC 038153048624
UPC 14 00038153048624
Format CD
Release Date 2/7/1996
Author Ari Brown
Associated Artist/Work Thompson, Erma
Technical Info
Engineer Paul Serrano
Producer Robert G. Koester; Steve Wagner
CatalogID DE 486
Lable Name Delmark (Label)
Released 02/21/1996
Original Release 1996
Number of Discs 1
Length 58m : 45s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00038153048624
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Ari Brown (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, flute, piano); Kirk Brown (piano).
Personnel: Ari Brown (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano); Kirk Brown (piano); Avreeayl Ra (drums); Dr. Cuz, Enoch (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Peter Margasak.
Recording information: Riverside Studios (01/17/1995/01/18/1995).
The Chicago-based saxophonist Ari Brown epitomizes everything great about the jazz mainstream. He expresses a unique personality clearly and resolutely within the bounds of his chosen idiom, which is, after all, all one can ask of an artist in any realm. In Brown's experienced hands, the time-worn becomes something new; Brown makes the older jazz styles absolutely contemporary by bringing to them a fresh perspective. This is Brown's first date as a leader; he was 52 years-old when it was recorded. Whereas so much straightahead jazz of the past two decades has ignored the innovations of the free jazz revolution, Brown has integrated a bit of the free sensibility into his post-bop playing. In doing so, he's created a music more directly connected to the whole of the jazz tradition than that of any ten "young lions" (how about using "young copycats," instead?). Brown's supporting cast is a collection of hometown pros -- brother Kirk Brown on piano, Yosef Ben Israel on bass, and Avreeayl Ra on drums. Their music is every bit as warm and as honest as one would expect, coming from musicians for whom this music is not an affectation, but rather a way of life. Ari Brown's music has come to light fairly late in the game -- which is a blessing for his listeners, in a way. For it's an extremely rare delight in these youth-obsessed times to happen upon, for the first time, such a wonderfully creative artist so fully-developed. A very fine album, to say the least. ~ Chris Kelsey
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (8/96, p.96) - "...ULTIMATE FRONTIER...finds the 52-year-old Brown muscling post-bop blowing vehicles, cradling tender ballads and pushing the envelope with an engaging earthiness....ULTIMATE FRONTIER is ultimately a showcase for his world-class tenor..."
Disc 1
1 Big V
2 Lester Bowie's Gumbo Stew
3 One For Luba
4 Meeting Time
5 Ultimate Frontier
6 Sincerity
7 Motherless Child

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