Chris Anderson: Love Locked Out

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Chris’ most famous student, Herbie Hancock, testifies: “Chris Anderson is a master of harmony and sensitivity…After hearing him play just once, I begged him to let me study with him…” His sound is utterly unique. “Imagine the lushness of Ellington, the off-centered cadences of Monk, and the harmonic inventiveness of Debussy mixed with a potent scent of the blues,” according to Fred Kaplan.
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Chris is an AMAZING pianist. I’ve never been so moved by ballads. He’s played with legends (Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins, Gene Ammons, Clifford Brown, Stan Getz) and he’s become a legend. Chris’ most famous student, Herbie Hancock, testifies: “Chris Anderson is a master of harmony and sensitivity… After hearing him play just once, I begged him to let me study with him…” His sound is utterly unique. “Imagine the lushness of Ellington, the off-centered cadences of Monk, and the harmonic inventiveness of Debussy mixed with a potent scent of the blues,” according to Fred Kaplan. We’ve captured Chris’ spacious, beautifully sustained chords with warm, ultra-detailed sound.

 

Track Listing

1. Where Or When (R.Rogers & W.Hart) -Listen to Sample

2. Detour Ahead (L.CarterJ.Frigo & H.Ellis)

3. So Blue (C.Anderson) -Listen to Sample

4. Love Locked Out (R.Noble & M.Kester) -Listen to Full Song

5. Send In The Clowns (S.Sondheim)

6. The Folks Who Live On The Hill (O.Hammerstein, II & J.Kearn)

7. For Seana (C.Anderson)

8. Sandy's Song (C.Anderson)

9. Love Letters (V.Young & E.Heyman)

 

REVIEW by Fanfare

When describing Chris Anderson, the term obscurity acquires new meaning. Blind, crippled, and reclusive, he's been playing for more than fifty years, living in New York for the past thirty while rarely performing in public, yet gaining a small and intensely loyal following among knowledgeable musicians who consider him a mentor Ü most notably Herbie Hancock and Clifford Jordan. Love Locked Out is a solo album, and as such it captures his quietly personal harmonic sensitivity, full of heartfelt emotion, which seems to echo the tragedy of the human condition. There is a natural intensity and rawness in his playing which is especially appealing, and which carries over to the two vocals, unpolished but endearing. Not an album for those who need to be dazzled by technique, this is an introspective, meditative journey through the music of a neglected master. -Andrew Sussman

 

REVIEW by All Music Guide

Teachers don't often get notoriety beyond their students, but when one of your pupils was Herbie Hancock, and he repeatedly credits you with influencing and nurturing his style, then you'll get a bit more recognition than usual. That's the case with Chris Anderson, the man who helped make Hancock a jazz great. The influences, especially in phrasing and accompaniment, can be detected on this 1990 CD, which was recorded in 1987. Anderson's breezy noodling on standards, his own poignant originals, and overall aggressiveness were passed on to many prized pupils, as well as Hancock; now, the teacher gets some credit. 4STARS -Ron Wynn

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