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Learning Curve by Fred Randolph

In a market flooded with new Independent artists, Jazz Bassist Fred Randolph’s debut "Learning Curve" is a stand out. The conception and execution is sure and mature with beautifully crafted originals and strong performances by Bay Area musicians. Hawaii born Randolph began with rock guitar and like some unfolding tropical flower from his home state, moved subsequently to Jazz Guitar, Saxophone and other reeds and finally found his true sound- the bass. It was only ten years ago that he put away all his other musical loves and concentrated totally on playing the bass, landing a gig almost within days of his new commitment. This has been the right decision for him but it did require courage and a fast "Learning Curve" as well as faith in his own musical journey.

His physical journey began with a move to San Diego where he attended UC San Diego and studied with guitarist Steve O’conner. He then moved to Berklee where he pursued graduate degrees in music. He has remained in the Bay area teaching and working in a variety of Musical Contexts from Salsa to Big Band.

On "Learning Curve" Randolph performs on Acoustic as well as Electric fretless. The first Tune " I wonder Why" is a tribute to Michael Brecker who is credited with being a major influence both musically and as a professional role model. Brecker is admired by Randolph for his consistent good quality, always being surrounded by great musicians and setting high standards. The tune is a kick ass Afro-Cuban 12/8. It features tenor player Rob Roth and percussionist Michaelle Goertzlitz who is a talented young woman active in the Bay Area Latin Music scene. A dominating musical voice is Pianist Art Hirahara, who is valued for his reading ability as well as his interpretive ability to get inside what the composer intends. And Fred Randolph is a formidable composer who has been writing since High School and whose creative process is initially inspired by Bass figures and Grooves. "Learning Curve" also includes tributes to John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, beautiful Ballads, an interpretation of a Hawaiian tune and hard bop grooves. Other musical voices include the Soprano of Mike Ziber, the Tablas of Bryon Bowman and the trumpet of Don Beck. It is available on CD Baby and will not disappoint.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Fred Randolph
  • CD Title: Learning Curve
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: Five Stars
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