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Fred Fried: When Winter Comes

- CD Reviews

Fred Fried When Winter Comes
2002 Fingerdance Music, BMI

Fred Fried on 7-String Acoustic Guitar
Steve LaSpina on Bass
Billy Drummond on Drums
Guest Artists on Strings, Arranged by Richard DeRosa


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 5, 2005

Although this CD includes a trio and mixing of a string ensemble, the concept works, in this case, and creates a classy and classical effect. Fried’s original compositions are sometimes enhanced by DeRosa’s string arrangements, which serve as a fused instrumental background or momentary interlude, rather than solo violin or cello.

Notable tracks:

#1 – When Winter Comes – Composed by Fred Fried. With an extensive, foreboding introduction on fused strings, the trio takes a different motif of abstract, contemporary jazz, before strings re-enter, fusing with guitar, drums, and bass. This title piece has that cold, chilly feel of country snow.

#3 – Into the Wind – Composed by Fred Fried. Extending the weather metaphor, the trio stands alone in this work, with quite a “windy” whirlwind of drums and guitar, backed by breezy bass. Fried delves into daring and dissonant refrains.

#7 – The Rain – Composed by Fred Fried. Almost a solo guitar work, with a bit of featured bass and soft, percussive enhancements, this is truly rainy day music. Even the dripping, melancholy notes on the 7-string acoustic guitar seem to echo like rippling rain against the window.

#9 – The Things that Happen – Composed by Fred Fried. With half this piece solo guitar and the other half sensual strings or fused guitar and strings, there is no pulsating rhythm, no obvious beat, but, rather, a flowing of string ensemble under, through, and over the acoustic guitar. One can interpret this music with personal reflection and reference.

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