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Learning Curve

by Fred Randolph

Modern improvisational music with influences from the bebop, latin, gospel,and world music realms...
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. I Wonder Why
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2. Windward Side
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3. Churchy Tune
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4. Learning Curve
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5. The Longest time
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6. Secret Garden
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7. A's Vamp
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8. In Honor of
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9. Homage to Trane
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10. Nature of the Beast
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11. Pua Lilia
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Fred Randolph/ Learning Curve 

By Michael Handler, Writer Jazz Now 


This CD is very good, but it's better on the second listening. The maturity of the writing and accomplished playing of the musicians really comes through. What one also hears is the diversity; Fred has pulled from a variety of genres to produce a very listenable production. It's great to hear Fred play both acoustic and electric fretless, as he does so nimbly on the Weather Report inspired "Secret Garden". Yes, there are shades of Jaco here, but Fred is very much his own man on electric bass. 

The CD opens with an Afro-Latin chant-like piece dedicated to Michael Brecker called "I Wonder Why". It's a great vehicle for tenor sax player Rob Roth to dig in and have at it. The Latin feeling continues on the next track, "Windward Style", although in a more restrained manner. But it's the ballads on the date that really caught my ears, as in the case with Churchy Tune, The Longest Time, and Pua Lilia, where Fred's acoustic sound blends wonderfully with Art Hirahara. (The art of the duo is back, folks...). 


For pure fun, my actual favorite track on the CD is the previously mentioned "Secret Garden"; with the addition of Bryan Bowman's tabla and Michael Zilber's great soprano sax work (a la Wayne Shorter), the tune moves at a quick pace and is fun to try to count. 

The group works well as an ensemble, with good solo opportunities for all involved. The writing is first class, the tributes to Mingus and Coltrane heartfelt, and the CD has an overall feel that Fred Randolph is well along on his personal learning curve. 
 


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Richard Ferrie

LEARNING CURVE angles straight up
LEARNING CURVE is a feast of fine playing, with great tunes, great playing, and great continuity. Once it's over, the album begs to be played again--and again. Exciting stuff from a crew of top-notch musicians.

succotash


Great CD, easy to get lost in, get creative while listening, think positive thoughts... great weekend morning music.

Dana Dana

I love this music, and I am not even a jazz fan!
The music is clean and snappy and always in the groove. I have never really listened to much jazz of any kind, but this cd gave me access to the world of jazz. It is just simply swinging good sound.

Max Perkoff

Beautiful, 1st rate music.
Learning Curve is an outstanding recording. The musicianship is top notch, most importantly, they play as an ensemble seemlessly. The compositions are groovin' and delightful statements. I thoroughly enjoyed this CD, and will contine to for many listening sessions.