Estelle Kokot, Chico Freeman and More Featured on THE SOUND OF YOU SONGBOOK
Best known for his ground-breaking jazz, multi reedman Chico Freeman has travelled a lifetime of musical adventures. The son of legendary Chicago tenor sax player Von Freeman, Chico's journey has taken him around the world alongside such musical giants as Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Jack DeJohnette, Art Blakey and Wynton Marsalis.
What a lot of people don't know is that behind the scenes for the last 13 years Chico has been writing a new songbook for the 21st Century, a lyrical melodic collection of Timeless Classic Songs, written with lyricist, vintage composer/songwriter/multi-media artist Jan Pulsford. Jan's long musical career encompasses electronica to pop, classical to folk, dance to rock. Cyndi Lauper, Darlene Love, Steps, Anthony Head and Ani di Franco have recorded Jan's songs along with music consistently used by media producers all over the world.
So how did this unlikely partnership come about?
Jan's appreciation of jazz lyrics and melodies comes from a childhood listening to Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ella Fitzgerald and Nelson Riddle. After touring with the Thompson Twins she worked closely with Keki Mingus, daughter of the great Charles Mingus, on the "Let my Children hear Music' project. Producing tracks for the album she mixed trip hop and hip-hop with jazz, rap and vocals to create a unique sound.
Meeting Chico Freeman through the Rocket Network opened up a new way of writing. Apple asked them to become beta testers for a new platform for creative collaboration online. Through this ground-breaking new medium they started creating - meeting in person only occasionally. Chico and Jan have recorded music for the Audrey Tautou film "Happy End" plus music and songs for several other independent films and albums.