Geof Bradfield — A Jazz Musician Deserving of Wider Recognition

I’m always on the look-out for new jazz musicians, and one discovery I’ve made in the last two years has been a relatively obscure Chicago-based tenor player, Geof Bradfield. He reminds me a bit of Chris Potter, but he’s even more fluid and quick than Potter and has lots of ideas. He’s a real joy to hear. I first heard him on Collage, a 2007 recording, which is just marvelous; then I tried his own 2008 release, Urban Nomad, which is good but not quite as strong as Collage. I recently purchased Bradfield’s latest recording, African Flowers, and it’s terrific. You can hear some of his tracks here, and I would probably start with Collage if you want to hear more.

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