is feather-light 7-string acoustic guitar lying on a bed of gossamer strings. That may be a bit of hyperbole, but this disc by Cape Cod guitarist Fred Fried is a collection of spatial and plush original recordings. Mr. Fried plays his guitar more like a piano than a stringed instrument, with the effect of notes cascading rather than marching ahead. Notable on the recording are the two ballads "Hold Your Breath" and "Pathos," where Fried is introspective and his rhythm section retains the same aspect.
Fried is joined by veterans Steve LaSpina and Billy Drummond on bass and drums, respectively. Their playing is appropriate, sensitive and intelligent. Richard De Rosa, whose arrangements smack of rich texture and delicate temperament, capably scored the strings for six of the nine tunes. The result is a beautifully atmospheric and seasonal music carefully crocheted into a cool winter theme.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.