Peaceful Heart, Gentle Spirit

Chico Freeman

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Peaceful Heart, Gentle Spirit Review

by Scott Yanow

Chico Freeman (a tenor saxophonist who on this date also plays soprano, flute, alto flute, clarinet and bass clarinet) recorded many sessions in the late '70s and early '80s but this is one of his very best. Utilizing an unusual instrumentation (flutist James Newton, pianist Kenny Kirkland, vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, cello, bass, drums and two percussionists), Freeman infuses his five challenging -- but generally logical -- compositions with rich tone colors and shades. This music is stimulating and represents one of the highpoints of Freeman's rather streaky career.

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