Fred Randolph: Ice Nine
Fred Randolph (bass)
New Day (Creative Spirit)
Fred Randolph (bass),
Erik Jekabson (flugelhorn), Rob Roth (tenor & soprano saxes), Art Hirahara (Fender Rhodes), Dan Zemelman (organ), Tim Bulkley (drums), Michaelle Goerlitz (percussion).
Composed by Fred Randolph.
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
"Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God." – Kurt Vonnegut
Fred Randolph's peculiar travels began in Hawaii. His first vehicle was a ukulele, then guitar, sax and trumpet. He landed on bass and has explored its woody shores ever since. This diverse instrumental itinerary is apparent in his insightful and significant composing and playing. The fluid ballad "Ice Nine," named for the fictional substance from Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, takes on fascinating forms. Its flowing melody, solid structure, cool groove and liquid solos on soprano and bass expand to a slick closing colloquy between Roth and Jekabson. Fred and his fellow travelers have learned their dancing lessons profoundly. This is only the embarkation for this transpirational artist.
"The only proof he needed of the existence of God was music." – Kurt Vonnegut
Reviewer: Marissa Dodge