Blue In Green
for My Sons
Peter Erskine - Drums
Mitch Watkins - Guitar
The Austin Chronicle has described John Fremgen as "...the
most proficient local bass man playing out right now, at home
in virtually any setting or lineup." He performs in
Austin with various artists including Tony Campise, Paul Glasse,
Doug Hall, Mitch Watkins, Gerry Gibbs, Suzi Stern and Jeff Hellmer.
has performed internationally with many jazz and pop luminaries
including Jamie Findlay, Shelly Berg, Rick Margitza, Gary Foster,
Carmen Bradford, Ernie Watts, Larry Koonse, Bill Watrous, PJ
Olsson, Abra Moore, Patrice Pike and Ian Moore.
He is a professor at The University of Texas where he teaches
jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz bass and directs the AIME
ensemble. He has appeared on many jingles and national broadcasts
including "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and "The
Late Show With David Letterman". He can be heard with PJ
Olsson on the CD's "Dust", "PJ Olsson" and
the critically acclaimed "Words For Living" on Columbia
Records. He can also be heard on the Will Taylor CD "Strings
Attached", the Jeff Hellmer CD "Peak Moments",
the Dawson's Creek soundtrack "Songs of Dawson Creek",
"Math And Science" debut CD and the George Martin
Beatles retrospective CD/documentary "In My Life".
His first solo project, "Meanwhile", is currently
available on Viewpoint Records featuring guitarist Mitch Watkins
and legendary drummer Peter Erskin.
Bebop to Cool, from introspective ballads to popular jazz standards,
"Meanwhile", the debut CD from John Fremgen has it
all! It is so refreshing these days to hear a young, dynamic
bassist coming out of the school of players that were stretching
the limits of the instrument,while still paying homage to the
traditional bassists of the past. You can hear the influences
of Scott Lafaro, Eddie Gomez, and Miraslov Vitous without sacrificing
his own originality or voice.
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Fremgen makes a strong statement with this CD. He's young, versatile,
creative and on his way to making a mark in the jazz bass world.
Accompanied by guitar great Mitch Watkins and legendary drummer
Peter Erskine, John has surrounded himself with the best, and
together the three of them take you on a musical journey that
you will want to listen to again and again......
- Brian Bromberg
["Meanwhile"] sounds great! John sounds great!
The group sounds great!
- David Friesen
John Fremgen has incredibly keen instincts. At times, his
interplay creates an impromptu three-part counterpoint. John
is a devoted student of the Bill Evans trios, and his interactive
playing is an extension of that influence. On the other hand,
he instinctively provides a solid, foundational style at precisely
those moments when a counterbalance is necessary to the gamesmanship
of Peter and Mitch. As a soloist, John is never predictable,
yet he always creates a clear and compelling path for the listener
to follow. John's musical palette is wide, so it is not uncommon
to hear, for instance, his love of delta blues insinuated into
a straight-ahead solo. Beautiful.
- Shelly Berg
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