Jeff Friedman: Slo & Lo (2003)
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This one's been a long time coming. Guitarist Jeff Friedman, professional musician for more than a quarter century (Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Steve Lacy, J.J.Johnson, Jack Bruce...) has finally come out with his own recording. Slo & Lo
has a dark, gritty blues feel to it, with a rock flavor. Guitar/bass/keyboards/drums. Music that would sound right at home backing Bob Dylan in the early eighties, Infidels
A bonus on the CD is a couple of Eric Mingus (yes, that Mingus's son) vocals: "Swamp,& quot; a manic rant in front of Friedman's wailing guitar, and "She Flies Free (Cement)," a spoken word dream poem backed by a country/blues twang. "I Don't Know" has Friedman sounding as if he's bowing the electric strings, with keyboardist Joe Mulholland doing a vibraphone imitation. "Dead Certainties and Dried Roses" drips dark blue, and "Sasja's Tango" evokes images of a relaxed cruise down an open road.
A fine blues/rock outing with a hard guitar bite.
Track Listing: I'm Ramblin' Too, Duke Would Be So Nice to Come Home To, Slo & Lo, She Flies Free (Cement),
Lonely, Sasja's Tango, How Late, Way Beneath the Underdog, Dead Certainties and Dried Roses,
Circular, The Swamp, I Don't Know, Emerald Seas, Slo & Lo (Reprise)
Personnel: Jeff Friedman, guitars; Joe Mulholland, keys; Michael Farquharson, bass; Andy Plaisted, drums; Eric
Mingus, vocals and spoken word