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Wind Song by Rob Fried

Here is truly a compelling and magnificent collage of exotic Latin American, Caribbean and American jazz/blues headed by Rob Fried, a bassist with eclectic tastes and flavor. He is joined here by Randy Brecker on trumpet and flugelhorn at all the right moments. From the start, with "Time Peace" and its lazy American funk to "Extremily" with its sassy strollin’ blues aura, Fried injects great variety throughout this album.

The more rhythmic, upbeat pieces, like the cleverly titled "Cuba Duba Do," justify your taking this album along to one of the sunny beaches of St. Maarten, Ipanema, or Malibu as you dance and sip the afternoons away. The bluesier stuff, like "Rooster Blues," a tight, muscular blues cut, takes absolutely nothing away from the mood, however. It just places a distinctly different, casually raw tinge on the music. Fried seems to be able to do that, then switch again with considerable ease, perhaps speaking volumes about his equal love for the different directions. My hat’s also off to flutist Ali Ryerson whose filling presence is expressly and appropriately felt throughout the title track. By the way, I anointed this track with its mellow fluidity and graceful melody, as my favorite. It’s followed by a happy little uptempo Caribbean piece "Island Weave," complete with some sharp, jazzy guitar work from Phil Hamilton.

Overall, this is a rather easy, unimposing project. It’s an undertaking that seems content to seduce you with its subtleness than overwhelm you with obvious thumps, bumps, booms, and shrill guitars. For Fried, it works.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Rob Fried
  • CD Title: Wind Song
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Listening Palace BMI
  • Rating: Three Stars
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