Ben Harper frankly states his friend Tom Freund is one of the finest musician he knows. What are friends for you say. But we must add to that our friend Tom is also a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of genius dimension. For starters, Ben and Tom created «Pleasure and Pain» together in 1992. The album helped put Ben on the trajectory to worldwide recognition while Tom remained a hot insider tip. From that fertile territory his watershed album «Collapsible Plans» from 2008 rose into the light of international recognition. It featured Jackson Browne on piano and supporting vocals and the album was produced by Ben Harper. It impressed with its magical ease and profound lyrics, from folk to jazz and straight rock to pop. Names like Tom Waits and Wilco started swirling around him, yet there’s a definite difference. For one thing, you should have seen him at the 2011 Blue Balls Festival in Lucerne when he fired up the crowd solo with his virtuosity on guitar, ukulele, contra bass and piano.
After a number of solo appearances in the last few years he’s now returning to Switzerland and with a band that features the drummer Adam Topol (Jack Johnson) and on bass it’s Rodrigo Aravena (William White, Men at Work). His latest album «Two Moons» (2014) is just the latest stone in the house that genius built.
We don’t want to be presumptuous or selfish or anything but after all is said and done Tom Freund’s true calling might just be to perform his art on stages as intimate as ours. That would be another kind of justice. It would be poetic justice.