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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.
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.