Fred & Co. — Fred & Co.
(Musea Parallele MP 3027.AR, 1996, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-05-01
So who is this Fred guy, anyway? One glance at the cover and one can see the long list of French jazz-rock session men who worked on this release (most of whom are unknown to this writer...), almost a completely different lineup on every track. Fred is one Frédéric Schneider, bassist and composer, the sole unifying thread throughout this most diverse jazz-rock/fusion release. Some might be getting the idea that this is jazz-rock in the zeuhl sense, like Zao, Transit Express, Speed Limit, and so on, when nothing could be further from the truth. In fact this album covers all kinds of territory, from highly melodic tracks like "Mea Culpa," to the funk-based "Teen Town," to the American fusion styled "Fusion Typ," to a few numbers that approach the Canterbury sound, ethnic realms, calypso, avant and chamber jazz (a descriptor that might apply to a track here titled "D'Accord"), this is an album that's all over the jazz-rock stylistic map, but zeuhl it definitely is not. Indeed there's a lot here to get excited about, 22 tracks worth in fact, but because it's so diverse, it'll probably take a few listens to sort everything out and find the reference points. Still, it's a solid album beginning to end, definitely one that's worth the effort to get to know.
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more