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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Friesen Circle 3 Trio: Triple Exposure

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For most, a triangle is the shape that readily springs to mind when analyzing, discussing, and/or conceptualizing a trio. There's no mistaking roles and positions, after all, when there are three clearly defined sides. A circle, on the other hand, offers no beginning, no middle, and no end. In many ways it's a better analog for a band, but only if the shape fits. Needless to say, when it comes to the musical marriage of bassist David Friesen, pianist Greg ...

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David Friesen & Glen Moore: Bactrian

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Time and space can take nothing away from certain musical relationships. There are those on-and-off partnerships that flourish regardless of the frequency of encounters and years gone by, and this is clearly one of them. The connection between bass masters David Friesen and Glen Moore goes back some five decades. It yielded two previous duo recordings--In Concert (Vanguard, 1977) and Returning (Burnside, 1993)--and it continues to bear fruit. This third recorded chapter of the Friesen-Moore story began ...

REDISCOVERY

David Friesen: Waterfall Rainbow

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David FriesenWaterfall RainbowInner City1977 Today's Rediscovery is Waterfall Rainbow, from a bassist who garnered significant attention back in the '70s and '80s, but sadly never sustained it for reasons unknown--certainly nothing to do with his talent--and has, in the decades since, remained an active player, but one largely forgotten by the general jazz public. After taking a relatively bold step and making Color Pool (Muse, 1975), his first album as a leader, a ...

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David Friesen and Jeff Gardner: Grace

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Duet...

Small places, big faces...The smaller and more intimate the jazz combo becomes, the greater the musical distillation and exposure to the elements of the listener. It is always a high-wire act when jazz musicians reduce to a trio or less. The trio offers the bare minimum of a rhythm section of bass and drums and a lead instrument like a piano, guitar, or a reed. The duo typically reduces this further, like a fine sauce or rue, often to ...

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David Friesen & Gary Versace: With You In Mind

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Never talk to your neighbor during the bass solo. You’ll miss the best part of many a performance. The artist moves up and down that delicate, centuries-old instrument, plucking one melody after another. By working in duo format with pianist Gary Versace, bassist David Friesen ensures that no one will care to converse during the performance. The pair captures your attention with gentle rhythmic motion and light, ethereal harmony. The session builds on tradition to express fresh ideas.

Standards “You ...

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David Friesen, Clark Terry, Bud Shank: Three To Get Ready

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Recorded February 24, 1994 in East Berlin, this session, before a large audience in an auditorium, brings together three melody makers with no chording instrument or drum set. David Friesen provides a walking bass pattern, while the trio creates obvious harmony as they work together. But this unusual instrumentation provides a setting that is far removed from soloing in front of the Count Basie, Duke Ellington, or Stan Kenton orchestra.

These are favorite songs, too. Clark Terry and Bud Shank ...

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David Friesen & Denny Zeitlin: In Concert

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Two creative artists working as a duo in a live setting serve as a clear example of what the modern mainstream is all about. Bassist David Friesen, always in tune and favoring a lyrical style, adds double stops and slapped percussive sounds to enhance the pair’s output. Pianist Denny Zeitlin, fluid and seamless, swings with a tinge of the blues while improvising in highly creative bursts.

On the four standards, both Zeitlin and Friesen romp through familiar melodies and gradually ...

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Phillip Strange and David Friesen: Quiet and Two For The Show

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Phillip Strange Quiet : Solo piano recitals of standards and originals with a Euro-Classic feel. Mr. Strange blends grandiosity with keen improvisation yet rarely loses sight of the melody while employing an elegant touch. Beautifully recorded! * * * ½

David Friesen Two For The Show The great bassist performs a series of sprightly and thoroughly sonorous duets with saxophonist Michael Brecker, guitarist John Scofield, trumpeter Clark Terry and others. Engaging, entertaining and played from the heart! Listen to Friesen ...

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David Friesen: Two For The Show

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Recorded in 1992-93, David Friesen performed duets with each of the artists listed below. A lyrical bassist, Friesen trades fours, solos, leads and accompanies. The duo format lends an air of openness while inviting each artist to express fully. This reissue follows the three recent album releases mentioned on his web page and over two dozen others as a leader. Friesen, one of jazz mainstream’s premier bassists, was born in Tacoma, Washington May 6, 1942. His career received a big ...