Fred Hopkins was an American double bassist. He played with many musicians and ensembles connected with the Chicago based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and was an active participant in the so-called Loft Jazz Scene in New York during the 70's. He is perhaps best known as a member of the celebrated avant-jazz trio Air, which he formed along with Henry Threadgill and drummer Steve McCall. As a highly sought after bassist throughout his career, he was also an integral member of Henry Threadgill's Sextet (later renamed Sextett), and also played with, among others, Muhal Richard Abrams, Hamiett Bluiett, Marion Brown, Peter Brötzmann, Oliver Lake, Don Pullen, and on numerous albums with David Murray. In addition, he co-led a quertet with cellist Diedre Murray.
Fred Hopkins's bass fused audacious power with mercuric reflexes. - Gary Giddins (https://web.archive.org/web/20080624041451/http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0223,giddins2,35398,1.html)