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Download links and information about Clearing by Fred Frith. This album was released in 2001 and it belongs to New Age, Jazz, Avant Garde Jazz, Rock, Avant Garde Metal, Alternative, Classical genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 54:15 minutes.

Artist: Fred Frith
Release date: 2001
Genre: New Age, Jazz, Avant Garde Jazz, Rock, Avant Garde Metal, Alternative, Classical
Tracks: 11
Duration: 54:15
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No. Title Length
1. White 9:30
2. Open Ocean 5:14
3. Chains 2:00
4. The Bow Moon 4:00
5. Minimalism 5:07
6. Not With Love But With Fear 6:04
7. Theatre 10:10
8. Gaifu Kaisei 2:51
9. Road Movie 2:13
10. This Earth Is a Flower 3:53
11. Blue 3:13



In 1975, Fred Frith's Guitar Solos album was a bolt from the blue, a hitherto undreamed-of combination of the free improvisation aesthetic of Derek Bailey and, even more importantly, Keith Rowe, with a sensibility that owed more than a little to prog rock. In many ways, Clearing is a belated follow-up to that recording. The pieces are remarkably varied, from the shakuhachi-like freedom of the opening "White" to the folksy "The Bow Moon" to the frenetic, how-on-earth-does-he-do-that "Minimalism." Unlike many with his facility, Frith's technique, masterful though it is, never gets in the way of his storytelling; it's always subservient to the purpose of the composition. That said, his playing is nothing short of astounding. On "Theatre," a torrential piece with an Eastern European flavor, one would swear that his furious picking is being accompanied by a fiddle, so clear is the myriad of sounds. There are also several tracks, such as the closing "Blue," that feature some wonderfully heartfelt, almost romantically yearning strains. For longtime Frith fans, Clearing is a no-brainer pickup, certainly the most thoroughly enjoyable of the albums spotlighting his guitar playing in many a year. But it's also a fine introduction to the work of one of the more outstanding and influential experimental guitarists of the last 30 years and an accessible entryway for newcomers. Recommended.