[jazz-research] Bob Freedman, R.I.P.
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On 2/9/19, 10:59 PM, "jazz-research@groups.io on behalf of Bill Kirchner" <jazz-research@groups.io on behalf of kirch@mindspring.com> wrote:
 
    Just received word that composer-arranger-pianist-saxophonist Bob Freedman died in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 22. He was 84. He had been ill for some time.
   
    Bob was a hero among the arranging fraternity, though otherwise largely unsung. He began his career in the 1950s writing for the Herb Pomeroy and Maynard Ferguson bands. In the late 1960s he ghosted a couple of charts for Thad Jones for albums the Jones-Lewis band did with Joe Williams and Ruth Brown. And he wrote entire albums for Grady Tate, Wynton Marsalis, Grover Washington Jr., Dick Johnson, Ron Carter, and others. He also did a unique chamber-jazz recording as a leader in 1969 called “The Journeys of Odysseus.”
   
    Bob and I were e-mail and phone friends for over 20 years, though we never met face-to-face. I valued his friendship.
   
    Bill Kirchner
 
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