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Spring Wind French Festival Waterfall Rainbow Castles & Flags The Peace That Passes Understanding Song of Switzerland Song of the Stars Dancing Spirits Before the Lord Flight of the Angels
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||guitarists Ralph Towner and John Stowell, reedman Paul McCandless, flutist Nick Brignola, drummer Bob Moses and percussionist Jim Saporito|
Customer Reviews (2)
- "Exciting Friesen!"Review by Big Toots
“Waterfall Rainbow,” recorded in 1977, was bassist David Friesen’s third effort as leader. Even at that early stage in his recording career, with this marvelous recording we immediately recognize that Friesen is not only a creative savant (the entire repertoire on the date are brilliant originals, percolating with textures), but, he’s an outstanding bassist with a brilliant, self-taught, no-limits technique and a cannon for a sound (and a sister - award-winning actress, Dyan).
The fare here is contemporary, what today might be pigeonholed as “World Music,” as it embraces diverse cultural grooves (“Spring Wind”) and highly imaginative textures. The incorporation of Paul McCandless’s oboe, English horn and bass clarinet and Nick Brignola’s flute enhance the exotic tone. Both of those players and the rest of the ensemble (including Friesen’s frequent cohort, guitarist David Stowell) are outstanding in performing Friesen’s complex, yet elegant, material and they all perform in both the ensemble and as soloists completely in context with Friesen’s unique material.
There’s a sense of upbeat and up-tempo joy in Friesen’s work (“French Festival”). Even the more colorful, thought-provoking pieces are in that vein (“Castles and Flags,” the beautiful “Song of Switzerland,” featuring a gorgeous Ralph Towner acoustic guitar solo). While not naïve or goofily innocent, this is glass-half-full music and the entire recording glows that way.
Friesen’s extended bass solos are startling (“The Peace That Passes Understanding,” “Song of the Stars,” “Flight of the Angels”). He appears unlimited technically, incorporating double-stops at the drop of a hat and spinning off manically speedy lines that are guitar-like (or maybe even sitar-like).
“Waterfall Rainbow” might be tagged “New Age” or some other sobriquet. However, rest assured it is a niagara of phenomenally performed music and creative artistry of which one can fall into deeply.
(Posted on 6/22/2015)
- Waterfall RainbowReview by Simon Sez
On this album, the supporting cast includes two members of Oregon (Ralph Towner and Paul McCandless) and the music sometimes reminds me of that group. Towner’s playing sounds especially beautiful and he blends in well with John Stowell, another great guitarist. But check out the four numbers that are played entirely by Friesen, sometimes on several overdubbed basses. Fascinating stuff.
Simon Sez: David Friesen’s Waterfall Rainbow (IC1027) is as picturesque as its title, with fine group numbers and several bass showcases. (Posted on 5/6/2014)
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