Crankin’ up the music

Musician Tom Frear, showcases his talents in a senior guitar recital

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“Tonight, it’s going to be a little bit louder than the piano recitals you might be used to,” CSC Music Professor Charles Carey said while delivering the introduction for Tom Frear’s Senior Guitar recital, last Thursday in Memorial Hall, room 104.

Frear, a 22-year-old senior from Columbus, spent six months practicing for the recital, and  performed a mix of fusion, jazz, classical, and fast-tempo country songs.

Frear was accompanied during his performance by Nick Brooks, bassist and junior of Alliance, and Emily Lisko, percussionist and senior of Piedmont, South Dakota. Lisko and Brooks are also Frear’s bandmates in Blue Street Trio. Frear said in an interview Tuesday that he had about four rehearsals with the band prior to the performance, but that he jams with them regularly.

“We all put a lot of work into it,” Frear said.

Frear opened with “Hong Kong Incident” by fusion group Jing Chi. It was written by Robben Ford and Jimmy Haslip, and was featured on Jing Chi’s 1992 self-titled album.

The second song was “Anthropology,” written in 1945 by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. “Nick Brooks has dubbed this song ‘AnthropOleo,’” Frear said when introducing the song. The play on words came from Brooks played the Oleo melody for the bass line, and at the end of the song they played them both together.

“We decided to switch it up and mess with people,” Frear said.

The third song Frear performed was “User-Friendly,” by Steve Morse, from his 1992 studio album, “Coast to Coast.” Carey switched out with Brooks and played bass on the song. In an interview Tuesday, Frear said that it was the most difficult piece he performed.

“It’s a real wrist-burner,” Frear said, “you have to get all the way up to the top fret.”

On the fourth song, “Invention No. 4,” by Johan Sebastian Bach, Lisko sat out and Carey switch to guitar to accompany Frear.

Brooks and Lisko rejoined Frear for the fifth song, Jazz Legend Pat Metheny’s “To The End of The World,” which also featured Jedd Raymond, sophomore of Ainsworth, on Tenor Saxophone and a single gong hit near the end of the piece.

“The song originally had a piano part, but I decided that I wanted a Tenor Sax instead,” Frear said Tuesday. “I think he [Raymond] really won the crow with his gong hit.”

The final song was “Runaway Train,” also by Steve Morse. The song was a fast-paced, country-sounding song that featured finger picking, and sounded incredibly complex.

About 54 people attended Frear’s recital, including his parents, CSC alums Jim and Shelley Frear, and his grandmother, Edith Frear.

Frear has received a job offer to play guitar for Carnival cruise-ship lines and will begin work with them this fall. He said he plans to finish his degree online.

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