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Fred Simon has been making music for more than thirty-five years, composing for records, live performance, film, dance, and television, with instrumentation ranging from solo piano to symphonic orchestra. His recorded work includes seven albums of original music under his name: SHORT STORY and TIME AND THE RIVER (Quaver); USUALLY/ALWAYS (Windham Hill) featuring Paul McCandless, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico, Bonnie Herman, Ross Traut, Iain Matthews, and Mark Walker; OPEN BOOK (Columbia) featuring Steve Rodby, Ross Traut, and Mark Walker; DREAMHOUSE (Naim); REMEMBER THE RIVER (Naim) featuring Paul McCandless and Steve Rodby; and SINCE FOREVER (Naim) featuring Paul McCandless, Steve Rodby, and Mark Walker; three albums (as principle composer) with the Simon and Bard Group: MUSAIC featuring Larry Coryell, TEAR IT UP featuring Ralph Towner, and THE ENORMOUS RADIO featuring Larry Coryell (Flying Fish); as well as TWILIGHT (NorthSound Music Group), a collaboration with Paul McCandless and Teja Bell; THE MUSIC OF THE BEACH BOYS (NorthSound Music Group), an album of solo piano arrangements of Brian Wilson songs; and numerous appearances on compilations released by Windham Hill, Columbia, Narada, Private Music, Imaginary Road, NorthSound Music Group, Jazziz Magazine, and NAIM. Fred has recorded and/or performed with Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Larry Coryell, Lyle Mays, Iain Matthews, Jerry Goodman, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico, Bonnie Herman, Kurt Elling, Fareed Haque, David Onderdonk, Ingrid Graudins, Ross Traut, The Stan Kenton Orchestra, and many others. Future plans call for more of the same, only different. ——-

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Chicago Jazz Composers Collective Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with Special Concert on November 20, 2011

The Chicago Jazz Composers Collective will sponsor a special concert to commemorate the group's 10th year of presenting concerts on November 20, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway in Chicago. To celebrate, members of the collective will perform new and favorite original compositions. Inspired by New York's Jazz Composers ...

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Benefit for Japan in April at Jazz Showcase Chicago

A “BENEFIT FOR JAPAN" is being planned to be held at the Jazz Showcase this April... Here are the details from Chicago Jazz Bassist, Steven Hashimoto as they are shaping up so far: “The events in Japan are almost too much for my mind to handle; nevertheless, I'm involved with organizing a benefit for victims of ...

Since Forever

Label: Naim Label
Released: 2010
Track listing: 1. Since Forever - 6:33; 2. No War Nowhere - 3:39; 3. Even in the Evening - 4:49; 4. I Know You Know - 3:49; 5. In a Silent Way (Zawinul) - 3:55; 6. More Often Than Not - 5:44; 7. Simple Psalm - 4:14; 8. Same Difference - 4:04; 9. Ways of Seeing - 7:24; 10. What's the Magic Word? - 5:25; 11. Song of the Sea - 7:26; 12. Beginning/Middle/End - 6:49. Ove non indicato le composizioni sono di Fred Simon.

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Fred Simon: Since Forever

Read "Since Forever" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dopo I Remember the River (Naim, 2004), l'eclettico pianista Fred Simon torna a registrare con Paul McCandless e Steve Rodby, ma aggiunge a quel trio la batteria di Mark Walker. La musica è lirica, agile e “leggera," come si poteva immaginare dalla formazione, che vede all'opera il fiato e la batteria degli Oregon e il bassista ...

Since Forever

Label: Naim Label
Released: 2009
Track listing: Since Forever; No War Nowhere; Even in the Evening; I Know You Know; In a Silent Way; More Often Than Not; Simple Psalm; Same Difference; Ways of Seeing; What's the Magic Word?; Song of the Sea; Beginning/Middle/End.

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Fred Simon: Since Forever

Read "Since Forever" reviewed by John Kelman

A pianist of rare compositional lyricism, it's remarkable how one event in Fred Simon's life has led, almost inescapably, to the present. Touring with woodwind multi-instrumentalist Paul McCandless in support of the Oregon co-founder's Premonition (Windham Hill, 1992), the keyboardist found himself onstage with Pat Metheny Group bassist Steve Rodby and soon-to-be-Oregon drummer, Mark Walker. That ...

Remember the River

Label: Naim Label
Released: 2004
Track listing: Kore (O love, where are you leading me now?); Remember the River; Double Dream; December Together; Time Will Tell; Revolver; Folk Songs of the Cold War; Listen the the Colour of Your Dreams, Part 1; Miracle Enough; Listen to the Colour of Your Dreams, Part 2; WWJTD; Isabel.

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Fred Simon: Remember the River

Read "Remember the River" reviewed by John Kelman

While most readers won't know the name Fred Simon, the pianist has kept admirable company over the years, including woodwind multi-instrumentalist Paul McCandless from the genre-bending group Oregon, and bassist/producer Steve Rodby, best known for his work with Pat Metheny Group since '82. Both artists team up with Simon for his latest release, Remember the River ...


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