Don Friedman: Waltz for Debby (2003)
It's a beautiful trio CD, definitely above the pack, with some shimmering moments, like the aforementioned Debby, a gossamer rendition of "You Must Believe in Spring," and the imaginative deconstruction of "The Shadow of Your Smile," where glimpses of the melody are like sunlight streaming through a misty, lacey forest. There's a good balance between kickers ("I Concentrate on You," Chick Corea's "Bud Powell," and Friedman's own "35 W. 4th Street"), wit (his "Blues in a Hurry," the funky "Flamands," and the sly melody of the Brazil-tinged "From A to Z," with its great rhythm solos) and ballads, including a sweet and thoughtful solo treatment of "Old Folks." The music is finely rendered, warmly recorded, and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. And start to finish. And...
Track Listing: 35 W. 4th St., I Concentrate on You, Waltz for Debby, Bud Powell, You Must Believe in Spring, Blues in a Hurry, The Shadow of Your Smile, Flamands,From A to Z, Old Folks
Personnel: Don Friedman (piano), George Mraz (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)
Record Label: 441 Records