Bob Frye | Uzoma

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by Bob Frye

Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Box of Stars (feat. Ric Fierabracci, Mike Miller & Shane Gaalaas)
7:36 $0.99
2. Plutonium Soup (feat. Ric Fierabracci, Mike Miller & Shane Gaalaas)
6:47 $0.99
3. Estuary (feat. Ric Fierabracci & Shane Gaalaas)
6:26 $0.99
4. Your Moment Is Now / Eleven Eleven (feat. Ric Fierabracci & Shane Gaalaas)
12:51 $0.99
5. Emergency Exit (feat. Ric Fierabracci, Mike Miller & Shane Gaalaas)
5:37 $0.99
6. Night Flight
3:27 $0.99
7. Port of Call (feat. Ric Fierabracci & Shane Gaalaas)
9:14 $0.99
8. For One Shining Moment
5:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Fusion is the mixture of the sound and rhythms of rock with jazz improvisation. The best fusion groups do not sound like a hybrid but instead create their own individual identity and musical adventures. Bob Frye’s Uzoma features his fusion quartet playing on a high level, performing episodic and colorful music that is always joyfully unpredictable.

Frye, who plays keyboards, synth and acoustic piano, is joined by electric bassist Ric Fierabracci, drummer Shane Gaalaas and (much of the time) guitarist Mike Miller. The leader contributed all nine originals, some of which were composed specifically for this CD.

”Box Of Stars” opens Uzoma with a funky pattern that serves as the basis of the performance. The ensembles are often stormy with Miller’s guitar being both rockish and bluesy. “Plutonium Soup” has an ominous melody worthy of a secret agent movie, fiery interplay by the musicians, and plenty of fireworks. “Estuary” has a catchy and rhythmic theme played by Frye on keyboard and a spirited tradeoff between bassist Fierabracci and drummer Gaalaas.

“Your Moment Is Now/Eleven Eleven” includes many chapters during its nearly 13 minutes. It begins with Bob Frye’s quiet acoustic piano which gradually becomes funkier a la Keith Jarrett. He switches to electric keyboards, is joined by bass and drums and then, after the new theme, the piece becomes a cooker with fine solos from Frye (his synth playing is worthy of Chick Corea) and bassist Fierabracci before the performance swings to a close.

“Emergency Exit” has a rhythmic melody that includes a couple of extra beats when one does not expect it, inspiring one of Mike Miller’s finest solos of the set. Two of the three final selections on Uzoma are piano showcases for Bob Frye. He comes up with a consistent flow of inventive ideas during his fairly brief “Night Flight.” The final band piece, “Port Of Call,” has some passionate piano, a bit of fairly free synth, and lots of solid swing by the trio before they bring back the funk at its end. During the closing “For One Shining Moment,” Frye creates a thoughtful piano solo that builds up logically.

Uzoma is full of variety and high-quality fusion. Bob Frye’s CD is highly recommended.

Scott Yanow, author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists, The Jazz Singers, and Jazz On Record 1917-76



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