Remembering drummer, pharmacist, activist, and seeker Alvin Fielder | The Secret History of Chicago Music | Chicago Reader

Remembering drummer, pharmacist, activist, and seeker Alvin Fielder 

A charter member of the AACM and a longtime partner of saxophonist Kidd Jordan, he was an encyclopedia of jazz history with an eye on the future.

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Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place.

  • Alvin Fielder drums on the 1966 album Sound by the Roscoe Mitchell Sextet.
  • These recordings of Alvin Fielder, saxophonist Kidd Jordan, and bassist Peter Kowald date from 2002, 2005, and 2012.
  • Fielder’s first album under his own name, the 2007 trio recording A Measure of Vision, arrived five decades into his career.

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