Elliot Freedman baritone guitarOn a baritone, long-scale guitar that accentuates his elegant, intricate chordal work, jazz guitarist Elliot Freedman performs arrangements of music by, and from the repertoire of, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Wheeler, and Bill Evans—as well as his own compositions, which Guitar Player magazine heralded as “Very, very good avant fusion”. With awards and grants for composition from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts, and other international music festivals, Elliot studied and pursued music in Europe in the 1990s. Especially for compositions not commonly associated with solo jazz guitarists, Elliot aspires to expand on harmony, to find evocative chord voicings and inner-voice motion, and deploy them in ways that honour the original pieces. With his group, The Elliot Freedman Group, he advances a harmonically elegant, rhythmically muscular, and uncompromisingly adventurous update on the electric jazz of the 1970s.