"Fritcher has consistently demonstrated an uncompromising passion and commitment to find and develop his own voice. His insatiable intellectual curiosity and tenacity to investigate and amalgamate musical concepts is a testimonial to his commitment to make an original statement as an artist.” - Charles Iwanusa
The past few years have shown that Brad Fritcher is growing beyond the physical and mental boundaries of an artist. Fritcher, adept trumpeter and emerging composer, has pushed forward with unyielding devotion to his organic vision. It is clear that Fritcher’s musical identity is steeped in an understanding of self, the music around him and process of growth. Debuting his first release with Brother Bear Productions, “Blue Lake Studio Sessions” (June 2013 & ArtPrize Award winner) and second, “The Year of the Architects” shortly thereafter (April 2014). Fritcher’s third album as a leader, MOODS, reveals the next step of his development, showcasing his use of musical storytelling in a traditional jazz format.
Fritcher has studied with many great names in the improvisational field over the past few years. These prominent musicians include Roger Humphries, Kris Johnson, Ralph Alessi, Chris Speed, Charles Iwanusa, John Hebert, Uri Caine, Chris Lawrence, and Jim Black. These continual studies have led to many opportunities within the greater Great Lakes region and beyond.
With a fresh tone, uncompromising ambition and compelling original compositions, Fritcher has been an on call sideman and collaborator in, not only in the jazz community, but in the likes of R&B, Indie Rock, HipHop and EDM scenes, as well. Artists such as Michael Doyle & Evidence Jazz Group, Mizpah, CARE, Eric Engblade, Cameron Blake, Lucas Wilson & the Bad Disciples, Benjaman James & the Old Mission Collective, and Smooth Operations have all made Fritcher a voice within their visions. Fritcher released a genre blending collaboration album with Brett Cimbalik on Chambray Records entitled “Sunrider,” and a new release by Justin Avdek's Underground Circus will be released October 6th, 2016.
Brad Fritcher's MOODS has developed into a strong collective of ever changing musicians every performance. Patrick Booth (saxes) Travis Swanson (guitar) Joe Vasquez (bass) and Jonathan Taylor (drums) has chiseled itself as the front running unit of MOODS. The chemistry of this quintet over the last 2 years has produced a catalog in their original repertoire and an adventurous live performance. A February 2016 Midwestern tour helped solidify the notions to go into the studio and record. Peter Fox and Josh Kaufman (Stone House Recording) quickly opened their arms to produce the ever evolving MOODS, whom recording in September of 2016.
Transplanting to Grand Rapids in 2014 had brought forth a new challenge and fertile ground to cultivate Fritcher’s creativity. The next few years will be undoubtedly promising for this emerging artist.