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David Friesen

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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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Thousands of Ways

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Flying My Kite; Fresco; Seine Pantomime; Ribbons in the Wind; Desert Flower; Cat Got Your Tongue; Summer Nights; Erlkönig; Thousands of Ways; Hope.

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Flying My Kite

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 03:55

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Article: Interview

Ricky Ford: From Across the Sea

Read "Ricky Ford: From Across the Sea" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Ricky Ford is a badass tenor saxophonist. Many will recall his fierce and strong playing on his Muse releases in the '80s. Others may be aware that he was a stalwart member of big bands like the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the leadership of Mercer Ellington and with Charles Mingus and later the Mingus Dynasty band. ...

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Passage

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: In the Place of Calling; Acceptance; Yielding; Obedience; Transition; Belief; Understanding; Challenged; Victory; Direction; Thankfulness; Temptation/Overcoming; Forward; Voyage; Awareness; Struggle; Stillness; Family; Looking Past; Journey; Faith; Commitment; Perseverance; Resolution; Prayer.

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Day Of Rest

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Backward Glance; Day Dream; Goal In Mind; Green Hills Slowly Passing By; Remembering The Moment; Day Of Rest; Distant Shores; Everything We Are; In The Moment; Lovely Lady; Meaningful; Mindful Of Your Tears; My Dance; My Dog Ellie; Place Of Point; Shining Star; Song For Tristan; Time Never Ends; Unfolding; Going Forth.

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Backward Glance

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 02:18

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Article: Album Review

David Friesen & Bob Ravenscroft: Passage

Read "Passage" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


After decades of recording in small ensemble formats, bassist David Friesen offered up Testimony (Origin Records) in 2020, an outing which found him backed by his quartet and the National Academic Symphonic Band of Ukraine on his best and most ambitious recording. He followed that up in 2021 by going back to the—for him— familiar territory ...

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Perseverance

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 02:16

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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 ...


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