George Freeman

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Guitarist George Freeman has long been in the shadow of his brother, tenor saxophonist Von Freeman and his nephew, saxophonist Chico Freeman. The guitarist does a fine job of generating excitement on this well-rounded and varied set, which ranges from heated blues to soul-jazz. Most of the selections feature Freeman in a quartet with pianist Lou Gregory, drummer Phil Thomas, and veteran bassist Eldee Young (who was with the Ramsey Lewis Trio in the 1960s). Brother Von sits in on "Vonski," Ron Cooper adds a so-so vocal to "And She Left Me," and the one-time vocal team of Cooper and Joanie Pallatto sound like a somewhat demented (and oddly successful) version of Jackie & Roy on "Here's Bruz." But most of the focus is on the leader, and George Freeman plays in prime form throughout.

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