Fred SCHNEIDER is a bass prodigy. As he was 19, this French musician got increasingly interested in jazz and related musics: he got trained in ball bands, then he became a bass-player of the alternative jazz fanfare TOXICOMOON. His first solo album was recorded in 1996 under the name FRED AND CO, and released on the Musea Parallele label. Nine years later and after many collaborations, our man is back with a new instrumental album: “Kess Kiss Bass ?” (2005). This shows a cool and light music, kind of modern jazz-rock fusion leaving a large space for emotion. A touch of welcome humour appears here and there. Among the guest musicians, one could find the name of a certain Cyril ACHARD, from whom Fred SCHNEIDER often played with. This is an album that will definitely leave you in a good mood !