Modern pianism and combo improvisations of the highest caliber this is what this jazz date is all about folks. Jazz pianism of the highest caliber, FOR REAL. Don Friedman is quite underrated as a pianist and composer in my opinion. Think of another Bill Evans, not an imitator, but another voice in the Bill Evans style plus more. Bill Evans-Don Friedman style I should say. By the way this album is another very good album from the Friedman Zoeller cooperation. Attila Zoeller the gifted hungarian guitarist. Probably you can think of Rene Thomas to make a stylistic comparison. They were close .. Thomas probably was more technical, but anyway. They were both linear players, horizontal players... The music is very inspired sixties jazz with a lot of freer moments of improvisation. very intellectual and forward music that does swing. Even if it is abstract in some points (Spring sign). It is a fusion of styles in the end. Modern pianism as you can think of today. Jarrett (which is a player...
If you like the music of Jimmy Giuffre, then you'll like this rarely known avant garde album from the under-rated pianist Don Friedman. Often compared to another romancist, Bill Evans (they both had Scott LaFaro as a co-player), Friedman has also payed his dues with Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry and Herbie Mann, the pianist along with two of the best rhythm players of the '60s, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Joe Chambers. With these two musicians on board, you'll know that the music will be adventurous since both were also featured on the more progressive Blue Note recordings of the '60s with such musicians as Bobby Hutcherson, Andrew Hill, Joe Henderson, and Freddie Hubbard. Along with the Hungarian guitarist Atilla Zoller, Friedman & co create a progressive music which is neither shrill or overly dissonent to the ears. If you're turned off the hectic sounds of Shepp or Pharoah Saunders, do check this out. Like many of the Blue Note recordings, this was recorded at...
How did I miss this? It's like I have been waiting for years to hear this. This takes up right where Jimmy Giuffre's Bley/Swallow trio left off. Imagine Thesis/Fusion with guitar instead of clarinet and the addition of drums. Don Friedman sounds like Vince Gauraldi covering 50's Cecil Taylor, Zoller sounds like Jim Hall covering John Mclaughlin after dropping acid with Grant Green. I don't think Richard Davis has ever brimmed with this many ideas and the bass sounds huge. Joe Chambers sounds like he is in no way gonna let the New Thing pass him by. If you like Giuffre, pre big band Don Ellis, Tristano, Joe Harriot, Hat Art kinda of jazz this is cd is a must have.
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