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David Friesen

Anyone acquainted with David Friesen's exceptional music quickly thinks of his creative universe. Ocean-deep in his sensitivity to the human spirit, Friesen is compassionate and his music founded on integrity and the pursuit of excellence. He began playing the ukulele and the accordion at 10, and a guitar professionally at 16. Born in Tacoma, Washington May 6, 1942, he was raised in Seattle. Friesen's first exposure to jazz was Slim Gaillard in an L.A. club when he was underage and playing guitar. At 19, while stationed with the U.S. Army in Paris, he sat in with George Arvanitas, Johnny Griffin and Art Taylor

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David Friesen with orchestra and quartet: Testimony

Read "Testimony" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A visit to Ukraine by bassist, pianist, composer, arranger and genial jack-of-all-trades David Friesen, to flesh out his family heritage, led to this picturesque anthology by Friesen's quartet with reinforcement on eleven of its seventeen tracks from the National Academic Symphonic Band of Ukraine. The orchestral numbers were recorded in December 2018 at the National Philharmonic ...

Testimony

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Prelude; Still Waters; Meaningful; Distant Shores; Tribute; Sequence; Another Time, Another Place; Time Never Ends; Deep South Blues; My Faith, My Life; Make Believe; New Ballad; Sailing; Going Forth; Pumpkin; New Hope; Lament For The Lost/ Procession.

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Still Waters

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 4:06

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Guillermo Bazzola: Lost & Found

Read "Lost & Found" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La musica di Kenny Wheeler serba una nicchia preziosa di estimatori pari alla sua qualità e originalità. Il chitarrista di origine argentina Guillermo Bazzola apparecchia questo degno omaggio al compianto trombettista, penetrando nella sua personalità con sensibile attenzione, con rispetto e delicatezza. Bazzola, nato e cresciuto in Argentina, si è trasferito nel 2002 a Madrid, dove ...

Interaction

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: DISC ONE 1. Neves 4:02 2. Cross Fire 3:58 3. Sequence 7:03 4. Flight of the Angels 4:12 5. New Tune Blue 3:50 6. Exclusively Yours 5:34 7. 1969 Rolls Royce 4:20 8. In House 4:34 9. Interaction 4:54 10. Soft as Silk 6:06 11. Skip Trip 4:51 12. No Dollars, No Cents 4:29 13. Evening Spring 3:11 DISC TWO 1. Song For Tristan 5:03 2. Flight of the Angels 3:53 3. Skip Trip 8:39 4. Going Forth 5:42 5. At Last, At Rest 7:05 6. Off Center 6:23 7. Distant Shores 4:36 8. Basic Strategy 7:01 9. My Faith, My Life 3:34

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Denny Zeitlin: Balancing Act

Read "Denny Zeitlin:  Balancing Act" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Denny Zeitlin is a true Renaissance man with many interests, in addition to balancing his careers in medicine and music. Although his medical practice and teaching have limited his abilities to tour beyond brief trips east or playing near his home in California, he has recorded regularly in recent years, releasing a variety of projects for ...

My Faith, My Life

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: CD ONE: 1. Ancient Kings 3:34 2. Another Anthem 2:43 3. Children of the Kingdom 3:18 4. Roof Tops 4:23 5. Color Pool 1:37 6. Long Trip Home 3:55 7. Sitka in the Woods 3:54 8. Martin's Balcony 3:01 9. Prelude 2:10 10. Sons and Daughters 1:06 11. Islands 4:16 12. Flight of the Angels 3:34 13. Lament For the Lost/Procession 8:24 CD TWO: 1. Sequence 2:44 2. A Light Shining Through 3:40 3. Araya 3:22 4. Still Waters 2:26 5. Resurgence 3:13 6. Right From Wrong 2:23 7. Another Time, Another Place 4:52 8. Playground 2:44 9. 1969 Rolls Royce 2:10 10. Perseverance 4:35 11. New Hope 2:25 12. Song For Ben 3:25 13. Only Just Yesterday 2:18 14. Evening Spring 3:29 15. Time Changes 3:31 16. My Faith, My Life 3:49

TRACK OF THE DAY

Ancient Kings

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2018
Duration: 3:34

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2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

The Ballard Jazz Festival returns with its 16th edition, May 16-19, in Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood. Clarence Penn & Penn Station, a New York ensemble that includes pianist Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura, will headline the festival's Mainstage Concert. Swedish trumpeter Oskar Stenmark will open the concert, which in turn celebrates the ...


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