Rigobert Dittmann, BA 99, Aug 2018
Frank von Niederhäusern, Kulturtipp, Schweiz, 1. September 2018
Yves "Joseph Boulier" T., JazzAroundMag, Sept 11 2018
Karl Lippegaus, WDR Preview Jazz, Sept 13 2018
Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter for Friday, September 21st
Two Treasures from the Intakt Label:
FRED FRITH TRIO With JASON HOOPES / JORDAN GLENN - Closer to the Ground (Intakt 312; Switzerland) Featuring Fred Frith on electric guitar & organ, Jason Hoopes on electric & acoustic bass and Jordan Glenn on drums & percussion. This is the second disc from the Fred Frith Trio and it was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA, which is where this group is based. Ever since organizing the 'Gravity Project' a few years back with members of the Bay Area creative music scene, experimental guitarist & composer Fred Frith has continued to work with the same rhythm team, Jason Hoopes and Jordan Glenn. Mr. Hoopes and Mr. Glenn are also members of the great but under-recognized Bay Area progressive band, Jack O' the Clock (6 discs) and as well as with Kyle Bruckmann. The Fred Frith Trio has played in NY, as well as toured in Europe, their sound has evolved quite a bit since their last recording in the summer of 2016. Starting off with a splash of percussion, the trio create a dreamy sound with floating drones, spacious echoed guitar fragment over a subtle, somber groove… sort of space rock at its best. Each member of the trio gets a chance to lead or direct certain pieces. Hence these pieces evolve and flow in a most organic way, sailing out out of free space and into (what sounds like) more charted territories. What continues to surprise me is when everything comes together and the trio takes off, all of us gliding or rocking together, a joyous release from the the everyday world. Out of nowhere we are transported to another place. At one point we land in a tribal, throbbing dance like groove ("A Path Made by Walking"), it felt like a breath of fresh cool air, after a day of of simmering humidity. When I had this disc on the stereo yesterday (9/18/18), there was a family in the store looking through some vinyl. The son seemed to dig this CD and asked what it was, so I said the Fred Frith Trio. What kind of music is this, he asked. Good question I said, perhaps 'avant rock'? Hmmmmm. The music seemed to create its own magical, transcendent world and was recognized as something special. Indeed it was and still is.
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG