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John French, Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser & Richard Thompson

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Group Members: Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Louis Sclavis, Henry Kaiser & Roberto Zorzi, Kiku Day & Henry Kaiser, Henry Kaiser, Mari Kimura, Jim O'Rourke, John Oswald, Richard Thompson, Richard & Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson Band, Fred Frith And Jean-Pierre Drouet, Fred Frith, Fred Frith and John Zorn, Fred Frith with Karoline Höfler, Bernd Settelmeyer & Wolfgang Stryi, Fred Frith Maybe Monday, Fred Frith & René Lussier, Fred Frith and Arte Quartett, Cosa Brava, Henry Kaiser And Wadada Leo Smith

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This all-star quartet came together for two albums -- Live, Love, Larf & Loaf (1987) and Invisible Means (1990) -- that cover a variety of genres, from folk and R&B to avant-garde and comic opera. Guitarist Henry Kaiser and drummer John French (of Captain Beefheart's band) were collaborating, then brought aboard two renowned British guitarists, Fred Frith, who plays bass in this group, and Richard Thompson. The first album by French Frith Kaiser Thompson is Live, Love, Larf & Loaf, recorded in March 1987 in San Francisco. This acclaimed record includes not only originals by each of the members, but also covers of songs by Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, and Kina Shoukichi. The four musicians reconvened in San Francisco a few years later to record the 1990 album Invisible Means, which included all originals but for one traditional tune, "Loch Lamond." Originally issued on Windham Hill, the follow-up was reissued in the mid-'90s by Demon Fiend. To celebrate its initial release, French Frith Kaiser Thompson performed a 1990 concert in Berkeley.