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Most Recent Castaway - 5th February, 2016
Fred Randolph (2016)

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Fred Randolph is a bassist, composer, arranger and educator who has devoted his entire life to the pursuit of music.

Born in Hawaii, it's only natural that Fred started on ukulele. He later picked up the guitar after hearing Jimi Hendrix; and after hearing Howard Roberts, he was intrigued as to how far jazz guitar harmonies might be able to take him.

Trumpet and saxophone followed during Fred's undergraduate years at UC Berkeley, but his real musical epiphany came while studying for his master's at CSU Hayward: the bass, with its endless sonic vibrations and possibilities.

Fred has since appeared on countless recordings and at countless festivals. He has several groups of his own, and also directs number of student groups.

Of Fred's latest recording "Song without Singing", Andrew Gilbert wrote "it's a project that showcases his rhythmic range and melodically charged compositional vision" and "his band features top-shelf improvisers".
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines The Complete Louis Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings Weatherbird Columbia Legacy
# 2 Lester Young The Count Basie Story Shoe Shine Boy Blue Note
# 3 Charlie Christian Solo Flight: The Genius of the Electric Guitar Solo Flight Columbia
# 4 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings Summertime Mercury
# 5 Miles Davis Porgy and Bess Summertime Columbia
# 6 John Coltrane Coltrane Plays the Blues Mr Knight Atlantic
# 7 Wes Montgomery Bumpin' Here's That Rainy Day Verve
# 8 Jimmy Smith The Boss The Boss Verve
# 9 Herbie Hancock Thrust Actual Proof Columbia
# 10 Dory Caymmi Kicking Cans Migration Qwest
         
Book Rick Bragg, "Jerry Lee Lewis: His Story"
         
Luxury Item "A yacht"