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Sixty-seven year old pianist Don Friedman has followed up his very fine 1999 recording, Match Point. Here we find the pianist with a new group and a new label. The music is of the same high quality as his previous recordings. A fixture on the West coast during the 1950s, Friedman performed with the likes of Dexter Gordon, Shorty Rogers, Buddy DeFranco, and Chet Baker. This prepared him for his solo career, which has been proceeding since his first recording, A Day In The City (OJC 1775, 1961). On Attila's Dream , the very fine guitarist Andrew Cheshire, bassist Ron McClure, and drummer Joey Baron join Friedman on this recording. This cheerful quartet navigates its way through the two bookends of opener and closer (John Carisi's "Israel" and Tadd Dameron's "If You could See Me Now") and originals by all but Baron. Ron McClure's "Pink Cloud," originally released on his Naxos recording Pink Cloud is given a fresh workout, as is Cheshire's "Attila." On the whole, Attila's Dreams is worth a listen if not many listens.
Track Listing: Israel; Flamands; Pink Cloud; Silent sorrow; Attila; SAFT; Joe Beam; If You Could See Me Now. (Total Time: 54:53).
Personnel: Don Friedman—piano; Andrew Cheshire—guitar; Ron McClure—bass; Joey Baron—drums.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.