Half Notes: Fred Frith – To Sail, To Sail (2008)

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It must be the time of year. It must be the heat. Or the humidity. Whatever the reason, I have a big hankering for some off-kilter music. Now that I think about it, I always have a hankering for that stuff. It’s just that sometimes the feeling goes from a vague sense of desire to a raging need. If logic is involved, I’m totally unaware of it. So here comes oddball guitar man Fred Frith with To Sail, To Sail, a solo acoustic tribute to some of his biggest influences including Robbie Basho, Davy Graham, and Barre Philips. What’s really cool about releases like this is the new set of possibilities that is presented. I mean, I don’t know who Camel Zekri or Robbie Basho are but if they’re big in Frith’s mind, it would be silly to not check them out.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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