Fred Wisdom: We Should Fight
We Should Fight
Fred Wisdom (vocals, guitar)
Words of Wisdom (BGM 100765)
Fred Wisdom (vocals, guitar),
Chris Bowden (alto sax), Jo Ruddick (piano), Percy Bassman (bass), Jim Bashford (drums).
Composed by Fred Wisdom.
Recorded: Birmingham, England, January 2004
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
On Words of Wisdom, vocalist/guitarist Fred Wisdom has surrounded himself with some damn fine jazz musicians. Despite the fact that bass man Bassman and drummer Bashford have suspicious surnames, they are a solid rhythm section. Altoist Bowden is also a strong participant.
If Words of Wisdom were strictly an instrumental album, this would be very good music. But Wisdom's soulful voice, sounding like the jazzier/reggae side of Sting with a slight head cold, is mesmerizing. It raises the performance level several notches. His lyrics and composing are nothing earth-shattering, but they are direct and effective. Ruddick's piano chords introduce expressive Wisdom's vocals. "We Should Fight" hints at a swing number to usher in Bowden's flourishes. The hint turns into reality as the midsection evolves into straight swinging jazz. Ruddick's piano playing is sublime. Bowden opens up. Wisdom's world-weary blues via reggae vocals reenter to bring the piece to a pleasing end.
I have some words of wisdom for you. Check this cat out.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky