Fred Anderson – Timeless: Live at The Velvet Lounge Delmark DE-568 (2006)
Another winning live set from The Velvet Lounge. “Timeless” is the right word, as the music could fit right in just about anywhere in jazz history form the preceding four decades. The sounds here are warm and inviting in comparison to other live discs from Fred Anderson in his later years. “By Many Names”, with some lovely playing by Harrison Bankhead and Hamid Drake, reminiscent of Don Cherry, is sure to be a favorite. “Ode to Tip” is a strong performance from Anderson. This may not break new ground but it is all played with such heart that nothing else really matters.