W Fowler, Writer, arranger, lyricist, bassist, violinist
1951 Salt Lake City.Utah. Third son of Jazz educater Dr. William L Fowler and
English teacher and writer Beatrice Cottam Fowler. Grandson of Dr. Walter P Cottam, internationally known
Botanist. Great grandson of Alfred
Lambourne, famous Utah painter, studied violin from age 6.
Added upright bass age 13. Added
electric bass guitar age 16.
and recorded with: Ray Charles (for
10 years, started in 1993 and ended with Elton John duet on his last cd).
He also recorded and toured with Frank
Zappa, The Fowler Brothers, "It's a Beautiful Day,"
George Duke, Sleepy Matsumoto, Hildegard Kneff, Bingo Mikki, Jean-luc
Ponty and more. Tom Fowler is
the main bassist on "Genius Loves Company" and the movie
On July 13, 2011, Bobby Marquis aired an interview with Tom Fowler on CKCU-FM, Ottowa's community radio station. This was a part of his "Frank Zappa Alumni Special" series. Also in 2011, TOM FOWLER recently released his second solo CD "Let's Start Over" featuring Vocalist Andrea Miller, Guitarist Mike Miller, Brother Walt Fowler on keyboards and trumpet and flugel horn and Gary Novak on drums.
Early 2012, Tom Fowler joined the GrandMothers Re:Invented, replacing Roy Estrada.
2013, Tom left The GrandMothers Re:Invented and did a tour with Project/Object. He also did some concerts with Roister, a band that features Ray White.
know why tom fowler left the 74 tour before it ended?
from: biffyshrew (email@example.com)
injured his hand playing football (leading to a new fz tour rule: no sports for
the musicians). he didn't leave the
tour, as he had to prompt his underrehearsed replacement from the wings with a
pointer and a chart of notes...
has a solo release 'heartscapes' which sounds a bit like level 42.
also played on steve hackett's 1978 release "please don't touch". also
on the album was chester thompson, phil ehart, richie havens, steve walsh, john
hackett, randy crawford and several others.
see the "fowler brothers".
from: firstname.lastname@example.org (greg fellman) - date: 9 sep 1997 05:06:33 gmt
night i went to see ray charles play with the colorado symphony orchestra at
fiddler's green here in denver. at
the beginning of the show they were introducing a couple additions to the
orchestra and one of them was tom fowler on bass guitar!
i was shocked! i'm not sure
if he's regularly playing with ray or not.
nonetheless it was quite an amazing show. no fowler solo though!
from: patrick neve (email@example.com)
i saw of tom fowler was him playing magnificently with the band from utopia in
december of 98.
from: "georges m. bouhey" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
played in a band called "ocean of air" w/tom and bruce in early
seventies, in salt lake city. we
had a fusion band with tom and bruce (drums, bass, guitar, trombone) and we also
had "club" band that played park city most of the winter.
from: thomas teresi (email@example.com)
(all credits are for bass unless otherwise specified)
|1971 it's a beautiful day- choice quality stuff/anytime|
|1972 it's a beautiful day- live at carnegie hall|
mothers: over-nite sensation
(1973, lp, usa, discreet)
zappa: apostrophe (')
(1974, lp, usa, discreet)
zappa / mothers: roxy & elsewhere
(1974, 2lp, usa, discreet)
zappa and the
mothers of invention: one size fits all
(1975, lp, usa, discreet)
|zappa / beefheart / mothers: bongo
(1975, lp, usa, discreet)
ponty, jean-luc- voyage: the jean-luc ponty antholog
duke, george- i love the blues, she heard my cry
|1976 ponty, jean-luc- imaginary voyage|
|george duke: i love the blues, she heard my cry
(1976, lp, usa, mps) - feat.bruce fowler, johnny "guitar" watson, ruth underwood
(1976, lp, ??, ??) - feat. fowler brothers, albert wing, mike miller, chester thompson // reissued on cd in 2002
|1978 hackett, steve- please don't touch!|
zappa: studio tan
(1978, lp, usa, discreet)
zappa: studio tan
(1978, lp, usa, discreet)
|198? affirmation- affirmation
|1980 affirmation- lost angeles
grandmothers: lookin' up granny's dress (3)
(1982, lp, us, rhino records rnlp 804) - feat. various ex-moi; incl.zappa compositions
|1984 various artists: thelonious: that's the way i feel now - tribute|
|1985 various artists: tribute to kurt weill: lost in the stars|
fowler brothers airpocket: hunter
(1985, lp, usa, fossil records fbr 001) - feat. albert wing, chester thompson // reissued on cd in 1993
|1986 frank zappa- apostrophe/over-nite sensation|
|1987 frank zappa: the old masters box 3|
|1987 frank zappa: the guitar world according to frank zappa|
|1988 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore sampler|
|1988 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.1|
|1988 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.2|
brothers: breakfast for dinosaurs
(1988, cd, usa, fossil fbr 1002) - feat. albert wing, chester thompson, vinnie colaiuta, ike willis
|1989 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.3|
ants can count (2)
(1990, cd, us, terra nova tnd-9002) - inside cover art by don van vliet / feat.various zappa alumni
barrow: music for listening (1)
(1991, cd, usa, tom&slev's new masters green 01) - feat.walt fowler, bruce fowler, tom fowler, robert williams
|1991 frank zappa: unmitigated audacity|
|1991 frank zappa: piquantique|
|1991 frank zappa: studio tan|
|1988 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.4|
|1988 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.6|
|1992 kim angelis- violin voyager|
(1992, cd, usa, fossil records) - feat. lots of zappa alumni
|steve fowler: the
last blue sky (2)
(1992, cd, usa, fossil records) - feat.walt, bruce and tom fowler, albert wing, chester thompson and ed mann
|1993 captain beefheart: captain hook|
preston: vile foamy ectoplasm (1)
(1993, cd, ger, muffin records muffin cdmr 003) - feat. ex-moi and ex-zappa bandmembers
band from utopia: a
tribute to the music of frank zappa - live vol.1 & 2
(1994, cd-pro, muffin records) - all compositions by frank zappa, feat.lots of zappa alumni
band from utopia: the band from
(1995, cd, usa, muffin records productions) - all compositions by frank zappa, feat.lots of zappa alumni
barrow: eyebrow razor (2)
(1995, cd, usa, muffin records productions mrp 024) - feat.walt, steve, tom & bruce fowler, kurt mcgettrick, ike willis, ray white
|1996 frank zappa: the lost episodes|
|1996 frank zappa: lather|
|frank zappa: frank zappa plays the
music of frank zappa
(1996, cd, usa, barking pumpkin)
|1996 supernatural fairy tales: the progressive rock era (box set)|
|frank zappa: have i offended someone?
(1997, cd, usa, ryko)
|1999 captain beefheart: the dust blows forward|
|1999 frank zappa: the son of cheep thrills|
|kneejerk / abjure: don't clap it startles me|
|the band from utopia: a
tribute to the music of frank zappa
(2001, dvd, ger, tdk dv-jtbfu) - all compositions by frank zappa
grandmothers: the eternal question
(2001, cdr, ger, inkanish records) - feat. various ex-moi; incl.zappa compositions
|the banned from utopia:
so yuh don't like modern art (2)
(2002, cd, usa, favored nations) - various compositions by frank zappa; feat.various zappa alumni
|2003 hildegard knef: stationenen dvd|
|2003 hildegard knef: stationenen / das letzte konzert 28. januar 1986 dvd|
|2003 palehorse: gee, that ain't swell|
|2004 ray charles: genius loves company|
|frank zappa: quaudiophiliac
(2004, dvda, usa, dts entertainment 69286-01125-9-9)
|2005 ray charles & nora jones: here we go again|
|2007 george duke: keyboard giant|
|jimmy carl black:
when do we get paid?
(2007, cd, usa, crossfire) - feat. don preston, walt & tom fowler
preston: vile foamy ectoplasm
(2007, cd, usa, crossfire publications) - feat. frank zappa, ex-moi and ex-zappa bandmembers
|frank zappa: the dub room special
(2007, cd, usa, zappa records)
|2008 michael tinholme: the house of jazz|
|frank zappa: one shot deal
(2008, cd, usa, zappa records)
penguin in bondage - the little known history of the mothers of
(2011, download, usa, zappa records)
interface: let's start over
(2011, cd, usa, private release)
grande mothers of invention: happy mothers day
(2012, cd, switzerland, pinguin ing. büro) = napoleon murphy brock & don preston / all compositions by frank zappa
|tom fowler: living legend
(scheduled, cd, usa, muffin record productions)
1989 the true story of 200 motels