Tracking The Odds: Fred Frith (Audio)
Solo improvisations by the guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and master synthesizer of technique, genres, structure, and noise, recorded at Roulette on 10 October 1986. Frith emerged as a founding member of the English avant-rock group Henry Cow. He was also a member of the groups Art Bears, Massacre, and Skeleton Crew. He has collaborated with a number of prominent musicians, including Robert Wyatt, Derek Bailey, The Residents, John Zorn, Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, Iva Bittová, and Zeena Parkins. His compositions range from rock songs to large scale works as well as scores for dance, film, and theater. Frith is also a music producer, author, critic, and educator working as a teacher and mentor in institutions around the world, most notably over two decades at Mills College. He is the subject of the award-winning 1990 documentary, Step Across the Border. This segment concludes with a bonus track from Frith’s 1980 album, Gravity, one of many influential and surprising releases.