Freddy V | Easier Than It Looks

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Easier Than It Looks

by Freddy V

Funky solo debut by the saxophonist from the legendary Average White Band.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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1. Sumthin Have Got 2 B Did
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2. Rush (feat. Ricky Peterson)
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3. Let's Go Round Again (feat. Klyde Jones)
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4. The Dance We Do (Kirkish)
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5. Nashville
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6. Any Other Way
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7. What Kind of Man Would I Be
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8. You Can't Have It All (feat. Alan Gorrie & Klyde Jones)
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9. Sandbag (For Hiram)
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10. Lisi
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11. Finally Home
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12. Sumthin (Reprise)
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For the past decade Fred Vigdor has been the saxophonist and horn arranger with the legendary Average White Band, Most of the year finds “Freddy V” performing with AWB on television, radio and at festivals and clubs all over the world. He is featured on the AWB CDs “Face To Face”, “Living in Colour”, “AWB: Greatest and Latest”, “Soul & The City; Live at BB Kings” and the concert DVD “Tonight: The Average White Band”. His compositions have been recorded by Grover Washington Jr., AWB, Bob Baldwin and Marion Meadows.

In the Summer of 2004 he joined vocalist Michael McDonald's band for the Rock & Soul Revue Tour. This resulted in Michael asking Fred to play on his “Motown II” CD.

In 2005, Fred started work on a solo effort with long time friend, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Mo Pleasure. Three years later, the result is Easier Than It Looks, Freddy V’s debut solo album. The collection of 12 tracks, heavily steeped in the traditions of classic jazz/funk and soul, features performances from fellow AWB bandmates, including a brand new song from AWB founding member, Alan Gorrie, as well as a fresh re-working of the AWB classic "Let's Go Round Again," showcasing the voice of Klyde Jones.

The CD has Freddy V joined by a crew of musicians whose resumes include Prince, Tower of Power, and Earth, Wind & Fire, and features a collaboration with renowned jazz producer/performer, Bob Baldwin, on an instrumental version of the Mint Condition gem, "What Kind Of Man Would I Be"


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A pro's pro
This is one of those albums...with no dud tunes. Each tune is a gem...the album sinks into your dna..and keeps getting better. I love it.


Freddy v....The GROOOvERIDER of Soul!!!Freddy surrounds himself with outstanding players,including all the AWB Guys,Mo Pleasure & Terry Lewis,but the album is essentially Freddy's,he hits the spot with the cover of "What kind of man would I be" & "Sandbag"...a special mention for "Lets Go Round Again" Klyde's vocals take this song in a whole new direction...Go on Folks buy this CD...Its easier than it looks!!!!


Play It Again Fred.
Critics of smooth jazz often overdose on the word bland. They dismiss everything tagged as smooth as the sort of music that you would hear playing in elevators and airport lounges.
However a lot of it is excellent and valid and after all there are good and bad within all music genre.
Freddie Vs debut album is indeed most excellent and very valid!

My own personal joint favourites are the slightly Latin flavoured up-tempo “Rush” (6.09 minutes of perfect smooth jazz) along with the mid -tempo “Any Other Way” which features a lovely keyboard solo half way through - the bass too is very high up in the mix on both songs. These two numbers also sound ideal for airplay on WLOQ -FM or any other smooth jazz radio channel.
“Sandbag (For Hiram)” contains a hint of The Jackson’s “Shake Your Body” in the melody (methinks) and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing when you here this funky number!
The ballad “Lisi” is the albums grower and gets better every time I play it.
Whilst “Finally Home” and the closing number “Sumthin (reprise) are more blues influenced numbers with the latter song linking the track back to the opening number so well you hardly notice that the album‘s started all over again!

So if you’re into Boney James; EugeGroove; Dave Koz; Kirk Whallum; etc’. Freddy V is well worth checking out.

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I agree with other reviewers that this is a very strong record (with no fillers, every track stands up), very much in the jazz/funk tradition, nodding to both the likes of early Crusaders records as well as more traditional saxophone-led records like those made back in the day by Dave Sanborn and Grover Washington back. Wisely, Fred avoids the age-old curse of 'style fatigue' which can occur from listening to one 'voice' across the length of a modern length CD (a particular problem for saxophonists) by mixing up material effectively - the record shifts through the gears nicely across the scope of the saxophonist's pallette. From the 'smooth' sounds of the Mint Condition cover 'What Kind of Man Would I Be' (surely the Radio play target?) to the hard edged funk of the Sanbornesque 'Sandbag', the record covers all bases. Plus, critically, the album makes use of a couple of vocal cuts, one of which 'You Can't Have It All' is as good an AWB cut that AWB have (n't!) made for the last 20 years! Current AWB vocalists Alan Gorrie and Klyde Jones trade vocal licks in a way the band have otherwise failed to do effectively since the band's heyday of Gorrie and Stuart. Moreover, Vigdor hasn't over indulged himself in the soloing department; his own solos are smart and snappy and plenty of leg room has been given to his impressive roster of bandmates, whose resumes include the likes of Prince, Tower of Power, Ray Charles, AWB (of course) , Earth, Wind and Fire plus - a double edged sword this perhaps- David Sanborn himself. The strength of Vigdors playing has always lay in his ability to draw from the blues - as opposed to just simply jazz - and the 'down home' feel of the record is further enhanced by the rootsy playing of young British guitarist Terry Lewis, alongside that of long time collaborator and co-producer, multi instrumentalist, Mo Pleasure. Apart from holding down the bass chair, Pleasure provides possibly the albums best solo with his piano cameo on 'Any Other Way'. After over 30 years of waiting, and some three years directly in the making, Vigdor's debut album is suitably beautifully recorded (certainly well the right side of smooth) and well worth the wait.


As a long time fan of AWB, I was delighted with this CD - every song is strong and the version of Let's Go Round Again is excellent.