Fred Frith

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Tags: avant-garde experimental jazz contemporary classical guitar Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 February 1949, Heathfield, East Sussex, England. One of the leading avant garde guitarists in contemporary music, Frith played violin and piano as a child before falling in love with the guitar. In 1968, he co-founded the left-field rock group Henry Cow and in 1974 recorded an innovative album of electric guitar improvisations, Guitar Solos. After Henry Cow’s demise in the late 70s, he worked with several ex-members in the Art Bears (releasing Hopes And Fears, Winter Songs and The World As It Is Today). During the 80s Frith was based mostly in New York City, where he guested with Material (Memory Serves) and played in the groups Skeleton Crew (Learn To Talk and The Country Of Blinds), Massacre (Killing Time) and Naked City. He also recorded two superb albums (Live, Love, Larf & Loaf and Invisible Means) with fellow guitarists Henry Kaiser, Jim French and Richard Thompson.

At the end of the decade, Frith began to branch out,...

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