TOM FRYER – reviews
Classification – Jazz with attitude
Tom Fryer – guitar and fretless guitar
Christopher Hale – bass
Ryan Menezes – drums
1 Bedford Avenue
3 A Dim View
4 Old Friends (to G.S.)
5 Greasy Boundaries
6 17/8 Dub
7 Tube Steak Junky
Tracks 1, 2, 6 & 7 feature fretless guitar.
Tom Fryer and his band are based in Melbourne, Australia, and its a great pleasure to review this Antipodean CD.
This is an album of complex rythyms and some very nice fretless work from Tom. The band is at all times cohesive, driving and confident in itself. Drum and bass providing a great platform for Tom’s flights of fancy. The musical direction is tight and direct, good musical progressions, along with some very nice sounding effects, would love to know what Tom used on “A Dim View” sounds like a ring modulator but stays tuneful! “Old Friends” is nice and relaxed but still manages some very fast passages delivering a torrent of notes. Some tasty bass work on “17/8 Dub” almost sounds like the speakers were covered in syrup, the final track “Tube Steak Junky” really pushes the boat out, in 5/4 time (in the first section) with some super wah-wah work. A great album, should be played really loud.
Review – Jahloon, June 2014