Freddie Fox - Freddie Fox
Fox is a professional musician. He toured with: Jennifer Holliday, Vesta
Williams, Rose Royce, Clive Griffin, Otis Day and the Knights, Atlantic
Starr, Eric Benet and Evelyn "Champagne" King. He also has played with Greg Walker,
Walter Beasley, Miki Howard, The Drifters, New Birth,
CeCe Penison, just to name a few. I tell you no secret: he is Evelyn "Champagne"
King's proud husband. On his self-titled album you find artists like Evelyn "Champagne"
King (vocals), Gerald Albright (sax), Michael White (drums), Ronnie
Foster (piano, rhodes), Alex Al (bass), Russ Miller (drums) and more.
Don't ask me why such an album isn't released by a major label. You
know the hard times.
Freddie is playing first of all
emotional music. So the first title is called From
The Heart. His guitar play is melodious and tender. Strings and
keyboards are underlining this impression. In the last part of the
song Freddie is leaving the melody and starts a short solo. This is
salt and pepper to ginger up Smooth Jazz.
A little reggae on Senual.
Freddie arranges and performs anew a melody part with some soloing. Ronnie
Foster and Alex Al are his accompany. Below
you find some additional information about both artists.
sounds familiar. This tune is remembering me at disco funky styled
music of Jodey Watley, Princess, Rene and Angela, Rose Royce or
Freddie Fox's guitar genius is
shining up on the silky Forever. The
classical guitar is Freddie's domain.
Freddie begins again with a hooking melody but finally explodes
into a furious solo. Obviously their are two souls in Freddie's heart.
The romanticist and the rock guitarist.
Tonight is a smooth guitar piece. Radio-like.
Freddie lets his guitar swing in a laid-back way.
Of Love is the third contemplative love song designed for the
Smooth Jazz radio stations in row.
Before the album gets boring
Freddie makes the turn around with the funky Cool.
Larry Kimple is a fantastic bass player. Gerald
Albright kicks his sax. This is the stuff I love.
Love has some Caribbean feeling. Scott Mayo 's sax overdub is
Hip Hop drum loops are very common
today in Smooth Jazz business. Thoughts Of You
is a typical example. Land Richards made the drum programming for this
song. Personally I prefer his live drumming.
In toto Freddie Fox's debut album
is very promising and absoluty worth to buy.
Foster started playing piano at the early age of four in
Buffalo, New York. He studied the Hammond Organ under jazz great
Jimmy Smith. Foster has toured with some of best musicians i.e.,
George Benson, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie. He has recorded with
and produced some of the biggest names such as Earl Klugh, Sheila
E., Harvey Mason, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, Tom
Scott, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Ronnie Laws, Doc Powell, Art
Porter, Grover Washington Jr.,David Sanborn, George Benson, Stevie
Wonder, Stanley Turrentine, Roger Smith, The Jackson 5, Michael
Jackson and many others.
- Alex Al is a top bass
player. He performed with Blake
Aaron, Christina Aguilera, Marc
Antoine, George Benson, Boney
James, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Ron Brown, Jonathan Butler, Vanessa
Carlton, Steve Cole, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliot, Janet
Jackson, Will Downing, Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Peter White,
Herbie Hancock, Kirk Whalum, Sheila E., Color Me Badd, Kenny G.,
Euge Groove, Bob James, Paul Jackson Jr., Dave Koz, Pat Kelley,
Ricky Martin, Maysa, Rob Mullins, Lionel Ritchie, Paul Taylor, Tom
Scott, Diane Schuur, Jimmy Sommers, Michael White, Al Jareau ect.
Kimpel played with George Duke, Kevin Toney, Michael White,
Peter White, Alexander Zonjic, Gary Taylor, Tom Scott, Dan Siegel,
Dwight Sills, Brian Simpson, John Stoddart, Phil Perry, Bobby Lyle,
Pattie LaBelle, Jeff Jarvis, Al Jareau, Whitney Houston, Everette
Harp, Rayford Griffin, Larry Carlton, Norman Brown, Ron Brown,
Jonathan Butler, The Jazz Cursaders, Oletta Adams, George Howard,
- Land Richards is a drummer who
played on albums of Gerald Albright, David Benoit, Rick Braun,
Norman Brown, Ron Brown, Larry Carlton, Norman Connors, Will
Downing, Carol Duboc, Michael Lington, Gladys Knight, Arnold
McCuller, Michael Paulo, Michael O'Neill, Teddy Pendergrass, Thom
Rotella, Tom Saviano,Phil Upchurch, Bobby Lyle, Al Daniels etc.