Artist: John Tchicai and Yusef Komunyakaa
Album: Love Notes From The Madhouse

recorded 9/12/1997 - 9/14/1997, Chopin Theater, Chicago, IL

John Tchicai was cooler than the other vanguard saxophonists of the 60s. Chicago Reader

Less expressionistic and less explosive than Archie Shepp and Albert Ayler.. Tchicai tended to handle his alto with an even temper, supple phrasing, a pinched tone, and extremely coherent melodic ideas.

Now playing an array of horns, including tenor and soprano saxes and bass clarinet, Tchicai has been leading ensembles of younger musicians--often not anywhere near his musical caliber--such as the Archetypes, which released the synth-heavy Love Is Touching (X-Talk) in '95. I caught him playing his own tunes with pianist Marilyn Crispell at the Du Maurier festival in Vancouver a few years ago, and he still has a staggering authority and profound presence. For these extremely rare Chicago dates, Tchicai teams up twice with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa ("Neon Vernacular") and once with a quartet coled by New Orleans tenor saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan. Friday, Tchicai and Komunyakaa will be joined by bassist Fred Hopkins, Danish drummer Benita Haastrup, keyboardist Margriet Naber-Tchicai (John's wife), guitarist Jeff Parker, and Aaron Getsug on baritone sax. Saturday it's just Tchicai and Komunyakaa; the performance with the Jordan group is Sunday".

Yusef Komunayakaa is the author of many acclaimed works including Copacetic, I Apologize for the eyes in my head, Magic City, Dien Cai Daoo, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Neon Vernacular, He has been the recipient of The San Francisco Poetry Award , and the BronzeStar for his service in Vietnam, where he served as a correspondent and editor of the Southern Cross. He is the co-editor with Sacha Feinstein on the Jazz Poetry Anthology Volumes I &II. John Tchicai has recorded many seminal works including sessions with John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, and Archie Shepp. He co-led the New York Contemporary Five with Shepp and Bill Dixon; then he formed the New York Art Quartet with Roswell Rusdd, and Milford Graves; his own highly original work with Cadentia Nova Dancia, strange Brothers, the Archetypes, et. Al?has appeared on the Freedom, Black Saint, Storyville, Steeplechase, and B&W labels to name a few.

John Tchicai - tenor saxophone, composer
Yusef Komunyakaa - spoken word, poetry, author
Jeff Parker - guitar
Fred Hopkins - bass
Benita Haastrud - drums
Margaret Naber - piano/keyboard
Aaron Getsug - baritone saxophone