Review: The Fred Hughes Trio – Matrix

highest energy jazz The Fred Hughes Trio – MATRIX:  OK, so you want “lively” in your jazz, right?  I can tell you right now, without qualification, that this CD is the highest energy jazz release I’ve heard (yet) in 2017!  The players, Fred on piano, Amy Shook on bass and Frank Russo on drums, on this January 16th, 2017 album, give you fourteen excellent performances of compositions from jazz legends like Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck and Horace Silver (just to name a few).  As you listen to their interpretation of Silver’s “Room 608“, you’ll realize you’ve got a true jazz gem in your hands (or on your player, if you get it digitally)… truly wonderful energy going on here! 

Fred first formed this group (many different players through the years) in 1989, & they’ve been going strong since, especially in the D.C. area.  You’ll just love their performance of Hancock’s “Dolphin Dance“… wonderful piano intro that melds very smoothly to incorporate the rest of the trio.  They also perform at numerous jazz festivals around the nation and the world, so be sure to catch them if they are near your location.

My personal favorite of the tracks offered up is their rendition of Chick Corea’s “Samba Song“… it is on this song that you’ll best hear their affinity for playing with each other, in my opinion… though with fourteen full songs, you may well choose another are your favorite.  I give Fred & crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this fine album.  Get more information on the Fred Hughes page for this CD.          Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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