Fred Frith discography

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250pxFred Frith at a piano recording session at New, Improved Recording in Oakland, California, September 2006.

Fred Frith appears on over 400 recordings. This is a selection from bands he was/is a member of, collaborations with other bands and musicians, and his solo recordings. The year indicates when the album was first released. For a comprehensive discography, see the Discography of Fred Frith by Michel Ramond, Patrice Roussel and Stephane Vuilleumier.[1]


Henry Cow

Henry Cow / Slapp Happy

Art Bears

Aksak Maboul



Skeleton Crew

Duck and Cover

French Frith Kaiser Thompson

Naked City

Death Ambient

  • Death Ambient (1995, CD, Tzadik, US)
  • Synaesthesia (1999, CD, Tzadik, US)
  • Drunken Forest (2007, CD, Tzadik, US)

Fred Frith Guitar Quartet

Maybe Monday

Keep the Dog

Cosa Brava

Fred Frith Trio

Studio albums[edit]

Music for Dance[edit]


Composer only[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Composer only[edit]

  • Impur (2006, CD, Fred, UK)


With Lotte Anker

  • Edge of the Light (2014, CD, Intakt, Switzerland)

With ARTE Quartett

  • Still Urban (2009, CD, Intakt, Switzerland)
  • The Big Picture (2009, CD, Intakt, Switzerland)

With Derek Bailey and Antoine Berthiaume

  • Soshin (2003, CD, Ambiances Magnétiques, Canada)

With Anne Bourne and John Oswald

  • Dearness (2002, CD, Spool, Canada)

With Anthony Braxton

With Chris Brown

  • Cutter Heads (2007, CD, Intakt, Switzerland)

With John Butcher

With John Butcher and Theresa Wong

  • Quintillions Green (2016, FLAC, Otoroku, UK)

With Lindsay Cooper, Lars Hollmer and Gianni Gebbia

With Lol Coxhill

  • French Gigs (1983, LP, AAA, France)

With Chris Cutler

With Chris Cutler and Thomas Dimuzio

  • Golden State (2010, LP, Recommended, UK)[nb 2]

With Lesli Dalaba, Eric Glick Rieman and Carla Kihlstedt

With Totsuzen Danball

  • Live at Loft Shinjuku Tokyo Japan 23.July'81 (1982, CT, Floor, Japan)

With Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay and Myles Boisen

  • All is Bright, But it is Not Day (2002, CD, Ambiances Magnétiques, Canada)

With Michel Doneda

  • Fred Frith Michel Doneda (2014, CD, Vand'OEuvre, France)

With Mark Dresser and Ikue Mori

  • Later... (2000, CD, Les Disques Victo, Canada)

With Jean-Pierre Drouet

  • En Public aux Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers (1997, CD, Transes Europeennes, France)

With Jean-Pierre Drouet and Louis Sclavis

  • I Dream of You Jumping (2001, CD, Les Disques Victo, Canada)
  • Contretemps etc... (2011, CD, In Situ, France)

With Ensemble Modern

With Janet Feder

With Hardy Fox

  • A Day Hanging Dead Between Heaven and Earth (2018, CD, Klanggalerie, Austria)

With Evelyn Glennie

With Barry Guy

  • Backscatter Bright Blue (2014, CD, Intakt, Switzerland)

With Tim Hodgkinson

With Percy Howard, Charles Hayward and Bill Laswell

  • Meridiem (1998, CD, Materiali Sonori, Italy)

With Darren Johnston

  • Everybody's Somebody's Nobody (2016, CD, Clean Feed, Portugal)

With Darren Johnston Devin Hoff, Larry Ochs and Ches Smith

  • Reasons for Moving (2007, CD, Not Two, US)

With Henry Kaiser

With Carla Kihlstedt and Stevie Wishart

With Hans Koch

  • You are Here (2017, CD, Intakt, Switzerland)

With Joëlle Léandre, Alvin Curran and Urs Leimgruber

  • MMM Quartet – Live at the Metz' Arsenal (2012, CD, Leo, UK)[nb 3]
  • MMM Quartet – Oakland/Lisboa (2015, CD, RogueArt, France)

With Joëlle Léandre and Jonathan Segel

  • Tempted to Smile (2003, CD, Spool, Canada)

With Annie Lewandowski

  • Long as in Short, Walk as in Run (2011, CD, Ninth World)

With René Lussier

With Helen Mirra

  • Kwangsi Quail (2015, LP, Shhpuma, Portugal)

With Bob Ostertag and Phil Minton

  • Voice of America (1982, LP, Rift, US)

With Evan Parker

  • Hello, I Must Be Going (2015, CD, Les Disques Victo, Canada)

With Francois-Michel Pesenti

With Marc Ribot

  • Subsonic 1. Sounds of a Distant Episode (1994, CD, Sub Rosa/Subsonic, Belgium)

With Ferdinand Richard (as Fred & Ferd)

  • Dropera (1991, LP, RecRec, Switzerland)

With Danielle Roger

  • Pas de Deux (2008, CD, Ambiances Magnétiques, Canada)

With Rusconi

  • Live In Europe (2016, CD, Qilin, Germany)

With Sonargemeinschaft (Sonar Community)

  • Drift (2008, CD, Poise, Germany)

With Toychestra

With Katharina Weber and Fredy Studer

  • It Rolls (2015, CD, Intakt, Switzerland)

With Michel Wintsch, Franziska Baumann and Bernard Trontin

  • Whisperings (2002, CD, RecRec, Switzerland)

With John Zorn


  1. ^ The Previous Evening was designated "Music for Dance Volume 4" after Accidental was released.
  2. ^ Golden State is an LP-only release; "a CD just wouldn't be the same, sonically, visually or ontologically." – Chris Cutler.[2]
  3. ^ MMM stands for "MillsMusicMafia", with reference to Mills College where Leandre, Frith and Curran teach music.[3]


  1. ^ Ramond, Michel; Roussel, Patrice; Vuilleumier, Stephane. "Discography of Fred Frith". New York Downtown Scene and other miscellaneous discographies. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  2. ^ Cutler, Chris. "CUTLER, CHRIS, THOMAS DIMUZIO, FRED FRITH: Golden State (LP)". ReR Megacorp. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Joelle Leandre/Fred Frith/Alvin Curran/Urs Leimgruber: MMM". Leo Records. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 

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