Dark Day (Fred Anderson album)

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Dark Day
Dark Day Fred Anderson Cover.jpeg
Live album by
RecordedMay 15, 1979
VenueMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
ProducerRobert Kai Jon Kasseckert
Fred Anderson chronology
Another Place
Dark Day
The Missing Link

Dark Day is an album by American jazz saxophonist Fred Anderson recorded live in 1979 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and released in a small batch on the tiny Austrian Message label. The performance was part of a series of AACM concerts presented by the museum. Anderson's Quartet features long-time partner trumpeter Billy Brimfield, bassist Steven Palmore and young drummer Hamid Drake, who contributes the piece "The Prayer", later retitled "Bombay (Children of Cambodia)".[1]

The album was reissued on CD by Atavistic in 2001 as part of their Unheard Music Series with a bonus CD including an unreleased master recorded at Verona Jazz 1979, only four days after the Chicago concert.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[3]

In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek states about the Atavistic reissue "these two dates on a pair of very reasonably prices CDs, with great sound, are gifts rescued from the islands of obscurity, and should be listened to with the awe and wonder they inspire."[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that "Dark Day is the definitive Anderson performance, sombre and cutting by turns, packed with muscular phrases but also strangely tender and vulnerable."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Fred Anderson except as indicated
  1. "Dark Day" - 18:40
  2. "Saxoon" - 11:32
  3. "Three On Two" - 18:07
  4. "The Prayer" (Hamid Drake) - 10:55
Atavistic reissue CD 2 Live in Verona

Recorded live May 19, 1979 at Palazzo Della Gran Guardia, Verona, Italy.

  1. "The Bull" - 16:32
  2. "Three On Two" - 31:46
  3. "Dark Day" - 25:12



  1. ^ a b Dark Day / Live in Verona at Atavistic Records
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Fred Anderson – Dark Day + Live In Verona: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 43. ISBN 0-14-051521-6.