The Wisdom of Notes

Fred Fried

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The Wisdom of Notes Review

by Scott Yanow

Listening to Fred Fried's guitar work, it is difficult not to think of the late Charlie Byrd. Fried's work on acoustic guitar (though he uses a seven-string guitar), his chordal style and his beautiful tone are all reminiscent of Byrd. However Fried is not just an emulator and he is creative within the style that Byrd helped originate. He alternates originals with melodic standards, works closely with bassist Michael Moore and the subtle drummer Tony Tedesco, and creates exquisite music. Highly recommended.

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