Free Form Funky Freqs

A brief history of the freqs… The birth of the FREE FORM FUNKY FREQS intertwined with the untimely death of Tonic, the legendary underground center for jazz, rock performance and experimental music in lower Manhattan. In its waning days a number of performances were commissioned from artists associated with the venue. Enter Weston, whose called two long time friends to share the stage. Due to traveling and production circumstances, the trio had not played a single note together. The success of this spontaneous performance at Tonic came as a surprise and revelation to the members of the trio. What started as an impromptu gig, now begged further consideration. Shortly thereafter, Weston invited Reid and Tacuma to come to the rhythm section’s native Philadelphia, playing the underground haven, Tritone. Once again with no prior planning, the three took the stage and had yet another remarkable evening.s it the reinvention of the power trio, or is it a peak into the future or perhaps it’s the present being fast-forwarded? That is for you to decide, but either way, it’s a journey worth taking. Willing to take a risk, Reid booked time at a little known but professionally appointed studio near his home in Staten Island. These three musical innovators went into the studio wanting to explore the organic energy and excitement they felt from the live performances with the first studio album Urban Mythology . Since then they have recorded a second album Bon Vivant produced by Jamaaladeen Tacuma , Third studio album produced by G Calvin Weston “Hymn of The Third Galaxy” was recorded remotely during the pandemic following strict improvising rules, no do overs, no over dubs. Since their inception Free Form Funky Freqs have performed 76 performances ( includes 3 recording sessions ) worldwide, thrilling audiences with a once in a lifetime chance to hear something that was never heard before and will never be heard again . Where will number 77 be? Stay tuned to find out . ”


The groove is just as essential, and Tacuma and Weston know how to bring it, whether it’s a slow shuffle (“Perseus Arm”), a mid-tempo Meters-like vibe (“Norma Arm”), or an outbreak of fast, full-tilt abstraction (“Far 3 kpc,” “Sun”). Regardless of feel, Tacuma’s criterion for a bass sound is straightforward: “I always dig an amp that’s gonna shake the room. I mean, I need that room-shaker. Coming up in Philly, hearing R&B groups at the Uptown Theater, which was like the Apollo, as long as that bass was shakin’ the room, that was the most important thing. Aguilar has proven to be a wonderful addition to my setup for the clarity and punchiness, and the ability to dial in certain sounds that I want.” Holding up the Korg Toneworks G5 synth-bass unit that he used on Hymn, during our Zoom call, he adds: “I’m not really a pedal guy, but now and then I’ll bring one out for a special black-tie occasion.”” - David Adler

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The Free Form Funky Freqs blend jazz, R&B, rock and a little space music SEPTEMBER 8, 20221:32 PM ET HEARD ON FRESH AIR WHITEHEAD: The trio Free Form Funky Freqs - that's Freqs with a Q like in frequencies. As the name implies, they're heedless of category, blending jazz, funk, R&B, rock and a little space music. Their tune "Norma Arm" grabs a catchy guitar lick from the New Orleans funk classic "Cissy Strut" by the Meters. ” - Kevin Whitehead


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