Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

180

Kelly Friesen: Kelly Friesen Sings Songs Of Love

By

Sign in to view read count
Bassist/vocalist Kelly Friesen was born in Canada and studied bass, piano, voice and theory at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. A New Yorker since 1993, Friesen studied with Ray Brown for four years in the 1990s. His experience on the New York has been broad; he has appeared with Herb Ellis, Etta Jones and Frank Wess, among others, and has played at several big-name venues.

His 1997 debut album, Back In Time, with Howard Alden and George Kelly, displayed his vocal style. Friesen also appeared in the Woody Allen film Sweet and Lowdown in 1999. The plot line of the film involved the search for guitarist Django Reinhardt, and Friesen's style of bass playing ("slap bass") was so distinctive that it was used throughout the film.

The liner notes accompanying Songs of Love compare Friesen to Nat King Cole and Chet Baker, insofar as his vocals are concerned. I don't hear any connection with Cole, but there is a very definite link to Baker in his vocal delivery and choice of material. Most of the songs on this album are from the Chet Baker songbook, like "I Fall in Love Too Easily," "Let's Get Lost," "My Heart Stood Still" and "Time After Time." Others are not only Baker-associated, but rarely appear on albums any more—like "Do It The Hard Way" and "Look For the Silver Lining." In addition, Friesen provides a version of Lenny Hambro and Roberta Heller's "The Lonely One," which I associate with Cole.

Friesen sings in a pleasant style, and his group provides appropriate swing or ballad support. Trumpeter/flugelhornist Charlie Caranicas and alto/tenor saxophonist Michael Hashim provide frequent but brief solos that ably reinforce the message of Friesen's lyric delivery. Guitarist Bob Ward takes a long and impressive solo on "Teach Me Tonight." On the appropriately titled closer, Gordon Jenkins' "Goodbye," Friesen the bassist provides the melody line and plays an arco solo.


Track Listing: Look For The Silver Lining; You Brought A New Kinda Love To Me; The Lonely One; My Heart Stood Still; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; I Fall In Love Too Easily; Do It the Hard Way; Caravan; Teach Me Tonight; Quiet Nights; Let's Get Lost; Sweet Lorraine; Time After Time; Goodbye.

Personnel: Kelly Friesen: bass, vocals; Taro Okamoto: drums; Bob Ward, Ed MacEachen: guitar; Charlie Caranicas: trumpet, flugelhorn; Michael Hashim: alto and tenor saxophone.

Title: Kelly Friesen Sings Songs Of Love | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Formidable CD/LP/Track Review Formidable
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Cochonnerie CD/LP/Track Review Cochonnerie
by John Sharpe
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Threes CD/LP/Track Review Threes
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Smoke CD/LP/Track Review Smoke
by Joe Gatto
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Acknowledgement CD/LP/Track Review Acknowledgement
by Don Phipps
Published: November 23, 2017
Read Lessons And Fairytales CD/LP/Track Review Lessons And Fairytales
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 23, 2017
Read "E.S.T. Symphony" CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 26, 2017
Read "Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis" CD/LP/Track Review Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis
by Doug Collette
Published: October 15, 2017
Read "Nightfall" CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 11, 2017
Read "A Multitude of Angels" CD/LP/Track Review A Multitude of Angels
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Blooming Tall Phlox" CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "My Iris" CD/LP/Track Review My Iris
by Phil Barnes
Published: April 12, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Please support out sponsor