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Fred Hopkins

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Fred Hopkins obtained his greatest acknowledgement as bassist using the co-op trio Air flow, but he performed over time with a lot of the best avant-garde musicians and his abilities had been well-known to his fellow players. He documented with Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre in 1970, caused Henry Threadgill and Steve McCall within the trio Representation (1971-1972), freelanced in Chicago, relocated to NY in 1975, and reunited with Threadgill and McCall as Air flow (1975 with the middle-’80s); after McCall’s departure in 1982, the group (with Pheeroan AkLaff on drums) became referred to as New Air flow. Hopkins also worked well and documented with Anthony Braxton, Marion Dark brown, Oliver Lake, David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Craig Harris, Don Pullen, and many more, but strangely plenty of, never led an archive program of his personal. Due to health issues, Hopkins stepped down as bassist in Ari Brown’s trio in the past due ’90s and, in January 1999, Fred Hopkins passed away in his hometown of Chicago.

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Date Of Birth October 10, 1947
Died January 7, 1999, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession Double bassist
Awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Copley Medal, Royal Medal
Music Groups Air
Music Songs Relay Replay, Firestorm, Baby I Don't Know Where Love, Warriors Dance: Little Don, Doo Wop, Great Body of the Riddle or Where Were the Dodge Boys When My Clay Started to Slide, Buddy Bolden's Blues, The Sixth Sense, The Ragtime Dance, Zebra Walk, Calypso, King Porter Stomp, Glass Walls, Z Jam Blues, Through a Keyhole Darkly, Minute Tango, Old Nancock, Never To Return, Dedicated To Wilbur Little, Weeping Willow Rag, Paille Street, Card Four: Straight White Royal Flush...78, Untitled Tango, Tales From The Bright Side, Man's Got Style, Let's Don't, Card Five: Open Air Suit, Jolly Ollie, Let's All Go Down to the Footwash, Card Two: The Jick or Mandrill's Cosmic Ass, Lipstick, Sister Bessie
Albums Warriors, Alarms and Excursions, Air Lore, Air Song, Montreux Suisse, Air Raid, Stringology, Firestorm, Quiet Land, Love Outside Of Dreams


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The (206) 2013 TV Series
Petrified Beast from the Frozen Zone 1990 as Fred Vortex
Attack of the Hideopoid 1989 Bruno Multrock
Rock and Roll Mobster Girls 1988 Bruno Multrock

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Monster Manhunt 1990
Petrified Beast from the Frozen Zone 1990

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Petrified Beast from the Frozen Zone 1990 producer
Rock and Roll Mobster Girls 1988 producer

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Petrified Beast from the Frozen Zone 1990

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Petrified Beast from the Frozen Zone 1990

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