• fred frith trio Closer to the Ground (CD, £14.25)

    With their second album the Fred Frith Trio with Jason Hoopes (Bass) and Jordan Glenn (Drums) continues to explore the dimension of the guitar trio. 'Closer to the Ground' is all about sound, mood, texture, ideas, and atmosphere. Playful, intimate, and bound together, the Fred Frith Trio reminds us of what listening is all about. With a lifetime of experience across almost every field of musical endeavour, Frith stretches out in the company of two stalwarts of the vibrant Bay Area music scene who each have their own stories to tell. As this is also Frith’s touring band, many of these themes were already road tested so even at their most in-the-moment creative, this trio remains dense and tight. "Three extravagantly creative musicians employed in making music like we’ve never heard before," writes Canadian critic Raul da Gama.


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