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Tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson in trio with fellow Chicago players Harrison Bankhead and Tim Daisy in a set of both rousing and thoughtful original compositions.

Anderson, Fred
Staying In The Game

Anderson, Fred: Staying In The Game (Engine)
Label: Engine    
Released in: USA    

"Staying in the Game starts off with the 24-minute explosion "Sunday Afternoon" with Fred Anderson weaving in and around the active rhythm section of Harrison Bankhead and Tim Daisy. The energy starts slow and builds to the fire Fred Anderson is know for. To highlight Fred's melodic prowess in different contexts, the second tune "The Elephant and the Bee" duo piece finds Fred playing off the low end thunder and high scratches of Bankhead's bass. "60 Degrees in November" shows the trio at full speed again, followed by a re-working of one of Fred's tunes, "Wandering", done here with a delicate thumb piano intro by Harrison Bankhead who jumps to the cello for the second half of the song. "Springing Winter" is another duo, this time with Tim Daisy's drums bubbling up from beneath Fred's sax. The album closer, "Changes and Bodies and Tones", starts with a Tim Daisy solo, followed by a feverish high string bass idea, upon which Fred drops a majestic and blues melody. And they roll out on that vibe, a hot and thoughtful set recorded two days before Barack Obama's election victory."-Engine Studios

"Tim Daisy (percussion) has been an active member of Chicago' s creative music scene since moving there in 1997. He has performed, composed, recorded, and toured with many of the city's celebrated musicians and ensembles, including the Engines, KLANG, the Rempis Percussion Quartet, the Resonance Ensemble, and the Vandermark 5. In addition, Tim maintains an active composing schedule, writing for his own bands (such as Vox Arcana and Group 4-34) as well as contributing music to a number of collaborative projects- including chamber groups, jazz ensembles, dance, and film. He has had the fortunate experience to perform and record with many great improvisers both from around the world, including: Fred Anderson, Jim Baker, Jeb Bishop, Magnus Broo, Xavier Charles, James Falzone, Erik Friedlander, Per-Ake Homlander, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nate McBride, Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis, Steve Swell, Mikolaj Trzaska, Havard Wiik, Waclaw Zimpel, and Michael Zerang. Besides a regular concert schedule in Chicago, Tim has toured throughout North America and Europe, and has performed at numerous international music festivals."

-Ken Vandermark Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 753182109763

Label: Engine
Catalog ID: e029
Squidco Product Code: 11767

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded November 2, 2008 at Fullerton Recording in Chicago.


Fred Anderson-tenor sax

Harrison Bankhead-bass

Tim Daisy-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Sunday Afternoon 24:38

2. The Elephant And The Bee 8:21

3. 60 Degrees In November 10:50

4. Wandering 6:40

5. Springing Water 6:13

6. Changes And Bodies And Tones 10:22