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Extended Analysis

Don Friedman: Waltz For Marilyn

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Don Friedman Waltz For Marilyn Jazz Excursion Records 2007

In jazz, for all of its love of the all-star session, the long-term collaboration is of utmost importance. There have been many such relationships: bassist Charles Mingus and reed player Eric Dolphy, saxophonist John Coltrane and drummer Elvin Jones, trumpeter Miles Davis and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. When players reach a level of understanding, notions of leaders and sidemen or soloists and accompanists become ...

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Album Review

Don Friedman: Waltz for Marilyn

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The impressive vita and discography of Don Friedman are but touchstones to the musicianship of this pianist who, like Kenny Barron and Hank Jones, navigates the jazz mainstream while remaining perpetually fresh if not cutting edge. On Waltz for Marilyn the seasoned veteran is joined by three like-minded, proven young musicians who bring the leader's conceptions to realization while making strong statements of their own. It's as though the pianist's flowing inventiveness has been magnified by four.

The program is ...

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In the Studio

In the Belly of the Beast: The Story of a Recording Session

Read "In the Belly of the Beast: The Story of a Recording Session" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


It is no coincidence that jazz emerged around the same time that Edison invented the phonograph. Both jazz and recording by electrical impulses were among the early signs of “modernity. Furthermore, jazz is an improvisational form of music that is composed as it is performed, and, unlike classical music with its well-tempered scale and relatively uniform standards, jazz is almost impossible to notate in more than its barest outlines. The only viable way to preserve it is on recordings. Recordings ...

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Live Review

Don Friedman & Gary Smulyan Play Hot and Cool Together

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Don Friedman Trio with Gary Smulyan Kitano Lounge New York, NY March 9, 2007

Without any fanfare Don Friedman's piano a cappella intro to “Alone Together intricately established the melody and sequence of his first performance on Friday the 9th of March 2007 before the evening's lead instrument, an antique green-tinged brass saxophone played by the youthful Gary Smulyan--bespeckled above, soul patch below and wearing a beret on top--stood in the piano curve ...

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Album Review

Don Friedman: Piano Works VI: From A To Z

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At a venerable 71 years old, California-born pianist Don Friedman still has his formidable technique firmly in place. He's playing with the attack of a young man--and the devil-may-care abandon of a mature artist wholly at ease with himself.

The subtitle From A To Z refers to Friedman's friend and collaborator, the Hungarian guitarist Attila Zoller (1927-98), to whose memory this album is dedicated. Friedman and Zoller first played together in Herbie Mann's band in the early 1960s, and by ...

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Multiple Reviews

Piano Trios: At Shelly's Manne-Hole & Timeless

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Bill Evans Trio At Shelly's Manne-Hole Riverside/Concord 2006

He's been gone since 1980, over a quarter century. Yet Bill Evans' influence continues to grow. This 1963 session, with Chuck Israels (bass) and Larry Bunker (drums) at Shelly Manne's famed Hollywood club, is like the superb Complete Village Vanguard Recordings 1961 (Riverside, 2005)--an opportunity to savor hearing him captured in a live performance. What's heard here and on the rest of the Manne-Hole ...

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Album Review

Don Friedman: Live at JazzBaltica

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This group featured on this album, yet another in the happy slew of recordings coming out from Don Friedman in the last few years, is billed as the Salzau Trio. What this means is that on the occasion of Friedman's invitation to the 14th Annual JazzBaltica Festival in Salzau, Germany, he convened a trio with regular bassist Martin Wind and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington for a first-time appearance. The result, a set from July 3, 2004, was recorded and released ...


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