The group's line-up is:
Keefe Jackson - tenor saxophone
Josh Berman - cornet
Aram Shelton - alto saxophone
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello
Anton Hatwich - bass
Frank Rosaly - drums
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Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens is a Chicago group which is exploring the boundaries between composition and improvisation. Jackson, saxophonist and principal composer, formed the group in 2003. ...Jackson's marbled tone expresses a lovely lyricism no matter how brusque or serrated his lines get." -Chicago Reader.
In 2004 they held a residency at Chicago's famous club the Hideout, during which time the group developed a formidable cohesiveness. Their music has broadened and even redefined the idea of a cooperative" band.
The group includes saxophonist Aram Shelton and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, who also compose for the group, and cornettist Josh Berman, drummer Frank Rosaly, and bassist Anton Hatwich.
Ready Everyday is the first recording from the Fast Citizens, it came out in October 2006 on Delmark Records. Berman, Jackson, and Rosaly, along with Marc Unternhrer, are members of the Chicago Luzern Exchange, whose 2005 debut Several Lights" (Delmark Records) received great critical and audience acclaim.
[The Fast Citizens] synthesize a wide range of influences - Mingus and Sun Ra foremost among them - characterized by a spiritual quest that is often ecstatic, and a structural coherence that is all the more impressive for seeming to result from a quasi-telepathic interaction."
--Dominique Denis, L'Express, Toronto