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Boomkat Product Review:
The day before they left for a second European sojourn, the Fred Anderson Quartet performed at home in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of an ongoing series of AACM concerts presented by the museum. The MCA gig was taped and later issued on the tiny Austrian label Message Records. Released in a small batch, it rather quickly became the rarest item in Fred Anderson’s vinyl discography and has until now been a treasured collector’s item heard by only a handful of Anderson fans. In reissuing this LP, UMS decided to augment it with an especially hot tape from the ensuing tour of Europe. Four days after the MCA concert, the Anderson four wowed a big crowd in Verona, Italy. Their performance was recorded and twenty-two years later the music remains as crisp and exciting as it must have then. Listening back, Anderson can hardly believe it’s that old. "Could be yesterday," he says, smiling widely.