- Track List
Audio samples coming later in 2021. But the 8 tracks we recorded on 7/23 were:
The Fog – An uptempo, minor swinger in 3/4 meter.
Heroes – Dedicated to pianist Chick Corea. It borrows from his compositional style and is a fun adventure moving between single and double-time feels.
Insomnia – A haunting minor piece that features a free soundscape intro from John and Keith.
Nine Robins – A long-form composition in 5/4 meter that takes the listener (and the musicians) on quite a journey.
Quarantine – An uptempo swing tune with some challenging harmonic and rhythmic shifts.
June Blues (working title) – A fun blues form with a few extra bars and some unusual chords thrown in, all without sacrificing the blues feel.
Lost Time – A ballad I wrote for my mother.
Continuum – A straight-eighth piece that shifts in some unexpected places, and includes an incredible bass feature at the end from John.
Matthew Fries Trio
Matthew Fries – piano
John Hébert – bass
Keith Hall – drums
The music on this project is a set of new originals I wrote recently – mostly during the last year of this pandemic lockdown (I mean, what else am I gonna do with all that free time?). Some of the music was inspired by events that happened at that time, and some of it just happened to be written at that time. It has turned out to be a special set of trio music in a range of styles. All of it is brought to life through the personalities of the inspiring musicians playing with me on the project.
Thanks to Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo for generously supporting this project.