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fret

1
the result of fretting; corrosion

fret

2
any of several small metal bars set across the fingerboard of a musical instrument of the lute, guitar, or viol family at various points along its length so as to produce the desired notes when the strings are stopped by the fingers
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fret

An ornament usually in bands, but also covering broad surfaces, consisting of interlocking geometric motifs.
See also: Ornament
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fret

1. An ornament, sometimes painted, incised, or raised and formed of short fillets, bands, or reglets variously combined, frequently consisting of continuous lines arranged in rectangular forms; a meander; a Greek key.
2. Similar ornamentation in which the fillets intersect at oblique angles, as often in Oriental designs.
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Vigroux is artistic director of La Nuit de la Fretless, a festival held every other year in Mende, France.
While their music is developed based on the fundamentals of jazz improvisation and individual self-expression, their original ideas and compositions are inspired by the Mediterranean music tradition, and consequently, new dynamics are formed by the co-existence of the piano, the fretless bass and the lyra.
The co-existence of these instruments together with piano, electric fretless bass, saxophone and drums take the compositions to a different musical dimension.
He plays the sarod, a plucked lute with sympathetic strings, skin face and a stainless steel fretless neck.
The band features Pete Wyngate - alto and soprano sax, flute, piano; Bill Green - fretless bass, backing vocals; Glyn Phillips - drums and percussion; Tom Martin - acoustic and electric guitars, piano, harmonica, slide guitar and vocal.
Born in Washington, D.C., Harrison plays electric, fretless and steel guitar on old American country and Appalachian tunes that link the country songbook to jazz.
Musically Pastorius came up with tunes and grooves which appeal equally to fans of Ellington and Hendrix; instrumentally he set steel pans and Toots Thielemans' harmonica against a hot brass section, andunderpinned it all with his astounding fretless Fender.
He plays a mean guitar, including tasty slide, and with a band that features sax and fretless bass, the feel's comfortably organic, whether shuffling the blues on the title track, upping the tempo for an acoustic rock n rolling First Days or brooding through the six minute Dylanesque The Ballad of Jack the Liar.
The band includes reedswoman Louise Elliott, fretless bassist Simon Edwards and Roy Dodds on drums.
Kelley will back him up on fretless bass on some numbers.
Editorial note: The oud is a fretless, stringed instrument that is played all over the Arab world and beyond.