If you were at the Friday night party held during our 40th reunion you enjoyed the music of several classmates, one of whom was Fred Randolph. If you liked what you heard you may be interested in Fred’s new CD.
The album is called “Song Without Singing.” Now, truth be told, I am a political junkie and my audio listening is devoted to talk radio and audiobooks (love that history). That said, from what I have heard, Fred’s album is something that even I would add to my highly selective playlist.
What is “Song Without Singing”?
But how to describe the sound? Let me defer to those who can offer a more professional appreciation of the product:
An exquisite project from bassist Fred Randolph whose talents as a composer and arranger, are what truly makes Song without Singing, an engaging musical experience. Presenting straight-ahead, Latin, Brazilian, and Afro styled rhythms, Randolph designs a varied musical package that will appeal to the most discerning aficionado, well done. — Edward Blanco, All About Jazz
A consummate musician who can be found playing jazz, salsa, samba, rock, fusion and any number of other styles, Fred Randolph is one of the busiest bassists in the Bay Area. … Though usually employed as a sideman, he’s released several engaging albums under his own name, most recently Song Without Singing (Creative Spirit Records), a project that showcases his rhythmic range and melodically charged compositional vision. — Andrew Gilbert, Berkleyside
Don’t pop this record in expecting the usual play by play of a typical straight-ahead feature. Bay Area bassist Fred Randolph put together a faster-paced strategy that leaves the listener on the edge of his seat, dying for the next salsa on Song Without Singing (his Creative Spirit Records). — Carol Banks Weber, AXS
Fred talks about the album here:
Ready to take a listen yourself? Click here to sample the album’s tracks. And if you like them, ordering the album is just a click away at the same site.
When not recording, Fred is the band director at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California, as well as a part time piano instructor at Contra Costa College in Pinole. He spent several years in jazz band at Punahou under Donald Morosic. “I couldn’t read well but kept bugging Mr. Morosic until he let me in” he says, “that’s where I started to learn the formal aspects of music and the other students helped me out.”Today you can look online and there he is. Posing in jacket and tie, baton in hand, he’s ready to lead a smiling group of students standing along the football sideline. (Although I’d like to know how that bassist keeps up when the band takes to the field). Fred’s there because he has the educational chops for the job and because he knows how to play several band instruments: saxophone, trumpet, flute, guitar, bass, piano, clarinet, and some drums.
But it is with the bass that his fascination lies. From his able hands flows forth remarkable jazz, samba, salsa, fusion, rock, and numerous other styles. He’s known as one of the busiest bassists in the Bay Area for good reason. Time to find out why. Help support a classmate, get and give his album a listen.
To learn more about Fred, his life, and his other musical efforts click to read his website here.