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  • Audio CD (April 17, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B000000YZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Destiny's Dance
2. Same Shame
3. Crossing The Sudan
4. Wilpan's Walk
5. Embracing Oneness
6. C & M

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on February 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When thinking about father/son jazzmen, who first comes to mind? John Coltrane/Ravi Coltrane? Dewey Redman/Joshua Redman? Thelonius Monk/T.S. Monk? Freddie Waits/Nasheet Waits? Jackie Mclean/Renee Mclean? Ornette Coleman/Denardo Coleman? Terry Gibbs/Gerry Gibbs? Jerry Granelli/J.A. Granelli? Probably not Von Freeman/Chico Freeman, unless you're really into the Chicago scene. Chico may be the only one of the above more famous AND a better player than his dad (Joshua's probably more famous, but not as good as Dewey; Nasheet's probably better, but less famous than Freddie--although neither, it must be said, is a household name).
As a young man in the late seventies and early eighties, Chico made a series of very fine albums including Chico, Morning Song, Beyond the Rain, Spirit Sensitive, The Outside Within, and Destiny's Dance, mostly on small independent labels like India Navigation and Contemporary (a division of Fantasy out of San Francisco). Of these, Destiny's Dance seems to me to be the most accomplished; he's honed his "outside in" approach to maximum impact, has perhaps his best band, and there just seems to be some kind of magic in the air--although it must be said that any of these are worth hearing. This was the Heyday of Contemporary. They had a fine stable of young players and seasoned veterans: Bobby Hutcherson, George Cables, Art Farmer, Barney Kessel, Frank Morgan, Benny Golson, Tom Harrell.
On to the music. From the first few notes of the extremely tricky--melodically and rhythmically--unison tenor/trumpet passage that opens the first song on Destiny's Dance, you can tell something special's afoot.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nadav haber on April 24, 2002
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I used to be biased against post 60's jazz. I thought that after Coltrane, Dolphy, Ayler, and Miles Smiles - everything became less interesting.
I was wrong, of course. There are post 60's works by Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Sam Rivers, post 60's giants such as David Murray, Anthony Braxton, The Art Ensemble, Arthur Blythe, David S. Ware,Charles Gayle, and many others.
One CD that helped me realize my mistake was this one by Chico Freeman. It is not as experimental as some of the others I mentioned, but it is original, creative, and superbly performed.
Chico Freeman plays both saxophone and bass clarinet with equal beauty.
The tunes are all interesting, while I especially liked "Crossing the Sudan" and "Embracing Oneness" - these are the slower tracks. Note Bobby Hutcherson wonderful vibes - he never ceases to sound good !
This is a CD for all who like their jazz creative, innovative and well played.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David B. Erickson on December 19, 2000
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Chico Freeman really had it all together in 1981, using his post-Coltrane sensibilities with a taste of North African exotica. He also has this kid playing trumpet who is just a monster...Bobby Hutcherson on vibes and Cecil McBee on bass are exceptional. Check out the cut "Crossing The Sudan" for a mix of African atmospherics and spooky work on bass clarinet by Freeman.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. Sedensky TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2008
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Over the course of about one year, I have purchased somewhere between 65 and 75 jazz CD's, all of them being "traditional" jazz, and not the smooth jazz one hears so often on the radio these days. Among those 65-or-so CD's, there have been many I liked, a few I didn't, one or two I hated, and a couple that I just can't figure out. When I say "just can't figure out", I mean it in a good way, and I can explain what I mean while writing a review of Chico Freeman's Destiny's Dance at the same time. Let's take rhythm first. I think we can agree that jazz is nothing if not rhythmic. Jazz is rooted in rhythm. So, while it is okay to explore different rhythms, it is not okay (necessarily) just to explore for the sake of exploring - eventually, you have to "find" some rhythm. Chico's CD does just that. You don't really feel like you can tap your toes to the songs, but you do. When he diverges off of one rhythmic path, he manages to find another to take him back to where he wants the song to go. The effect is disorienting but not unsatisfying, and it's a mystery to me how he does it. Then, there is melody and harmony. I've always said jazz only qualifies as music if you can hum the song or write it down on a score. Chico's melodies and harmonies don't stand out. When I'm not listening to the CD, I'm hard pressed to hum even one bar, but when I am listening to it, I can hum right along and even remember the dynamics of the individual instruments. How my brain can completely forget a melody it just heard and yet recall it readily when listening again is, like I said, a mystery. Finally, there is the chemistry. It's been said Miles Davis wasn't the greatest jazz trumpeter of all time, but he could assemble a band better than anyone. Chico seems to have taken a page out of Miles' book.Read more ›
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