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Fred Fried

A Master Of The 7-String

Having developed the ability to harmonize a melody any number of ways on his 7-string guitar (in the manner of the father of the 7-string, George Van Eps), Fred Fried recently released the instrumental jazz CD, The Wisdom Of Notes. Jazz guitar fans will relish the approach espoused by Fried, who uses his guitar (including a nylon-strung 7-string, along with electric) to create the music he himself would want to hear it. Joined by bassist Michael Moore and drummer Tony Tedesco, Fried serves up standards as well as extremely listenable original numbers, such as "The Simplest Things", "Evening Song", and, of course, the title tune. An active live performer, Fried's album is a gem, as he pours his experience and sensitivity into each track, leaving the listener with a feeling of satisfaction and anticipation (for more!) Fred Fried was originally profiled in the October-November, 2006 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Fred Fried was born in 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. He didn't start the guitar until college, learning chords from friends who were heavily into blues and folk guitar, and becoming obsessed with the instrument. His introduction to jazz guitar came when he bought Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery albums. After hearing Wes, he knew what he wanted to do. After college, Fred studies for six months with the great George Van Eps, the father of the 7-string guitar. A sample of the musicians and singers he has appeared with include Art Pepper, Derek Smith, Marty Napoleon, Jay Leonhart, Mike Formanek, Perry Como, Barbara Cook, Helen O'Connell, Dick Johnson, Gary Johnson, Lou Colombo, Bruce Abbott, Greg Abate, Billy Marcus, Bob Nieske, Matt Gordy, Kenny Wenzel and singer Shawnn Monteirro. Fred is well recorded, with eight CDs as a leader.

Fried currently divides his time between gigging and teaching privately. His busy gig schedule, mostly on Cape Cod, includes everything from solo gigs (Friday nights at Sparkfish Restaurant in Brewster, MA) to a duo with saxophonist Bruce Abbott (Thursday nights at the Black Cat in Hyannis, MA).

Contact Information
Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services
269 S Route 94
Warwick, NY 10990
United States

E-mail: Fred Fried
Web site: www.fredfried.com

Planet 13

Progressive, Hard & Melodic

Flashback to the '70s. Call a progressive college radio station and request "Time" by Pink Floyd. Hear the DJ comment, "This goes out to the dude who likes the long songs." Well Planet 13 like the long songs. There are six tracks on their CD, Third From The Right, and three of the songs clock in at over 14 minutes apiece. Consisting of throat man/keyboardist/guitarist Ray Zarate and guitarist/drummer/producer Lance Benedict, the band pumps out a power substation's worth of raw energy, delivered with technical dexterity and an attitude fueled by the apparent decline of western civilization. The coherent style that stays consistent from track to track, along with arrangements reminiscent of groups such as Queensryche, Rush and Dream Theater make this CD a good find for progressive metal fans. Benedict's tasteful solo forays, such as the extended solo heard on "Eyes Of Deception", and the fireworks on "The Quest", are an added bonus. Hey, there's even a Carpenter's cover song, "Superstar". Planet 13 were originally profiled in the October-November, 2006 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Guitarist Ray Zarate taught himself to play guitar and bass in 1973, and immediately started to write songs. He joined a few bands as a youth and as an adult, including Blue Moon, Eclipse, Energize, Soleil Rouge, The Kidz, Teasia and Emperor. He met drummer Lance Benedict in 1987, and has been with him ever since. Ray recorded his first solo album in 1998, entitled "Razor's Edge", and then officially formed Planet 13 with Lance in 2002. Their debut CD, "Planet Thirteen" was released in 2004, then followed up with "One Way Ticket" in 2005. Ray lists many influences and favorite bands, including Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rush, Dream Theater, Journey, U2, Kansas, Yes, Deep Purple, Audioslave, UFO, Michael Schenker, and on and on.

Planet 13 is currently seeking label support and/or distribution. The band is interested in any and all comments and help to take their music to the next level.

Contact Information
Planet 13
17580 NW 10th Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
United States

E-mail: Planet 13
Web site: www.planetthirteen.com

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