May 19, 2024
Ari Brown
Live At The Green Mill – DVD
Delmark – 2007

In reviews of Ari’s first two Delmark albums, Ultimate Frontier and Venus, writers often used phrases like “overwhelming emotional immediacy” (Down Beat), “rare depth of feeling” (Jazziz) and “raw emotion and ferocity” (JazzTimes).

Chicago based saxophonist and composer Ari Brown performs here at the legendary Green Mill. Accompanied by Kirk Brown on piano, Yosef Ben Israel on bass, and Avreeyal Ra on drums, the quartet produces a modern sound that merges a variety of jazz styles. Ari has performed with some of the all time greats and here’s a chance to catch him on his own terms.

Ari  melds the Chicago tenor sax and the AACM traditions into his own voice and no matter how far out he takes the music it still remains accessible and enjoyable.

Live at The Green Mill features the same rhythm section Ari’s been working with for over ten years: brother Kirk Brown, piano; Yosef Ben Israel, bass; Avreeayl Ra, drums.

Also featured on a few tracks are Pharez Whitted, trumpet and Dr. Cuz, percussion.

The DVD also features commentary/interview track. .