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Winter's Fall Duet and Dialogue Dolphin in the Sky Star Dance 1 Rue Brey Fields Of Joy A Little Child's Poem Clouds Children of the Kingdom Mountain Streams
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Paul McCandless - oboe and English horn. John Stowell - electric guitar. Steve Gadd - drums.|
Customer Reviews (2)
- "Stellar Dancing"Review by Big Toots
Although bassist David Friesen doesn’t play his instrument “reversed” in the manner of Rocker, Jimi Hendrix, there are times when the bassist’s unique approach to the upright provides that illusion. And, his performance and overall presentation on “Star Dance” reinforces that impression.
Covering 10 extremely insightful and very rhythmically intense tracks, Friesen validates his stance as a virtuoso bassist and brilliant composer. He’s a fearless explorer of melody, metrics and rhythms. Take, for example, Friesen’s solo display on “Duet and Dialog.” He delivers both the melancholic melody and accompaniment simultaneously then breaks into an arco bass statement over a droning ensemble pulse.
In order to display such unique instrumental creativity takes virtuosity and creativity in heaping portions and Friesen and this entire group possess that in volumes. Take “Dolphin in the Sky” where Friesen strums his galloping upright as if it were horizontal and overdubs a brilliant solo. No corny “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” but just as driving and more intense. Also, his ensemble play throughout the session with fine oboist/English hornist Paul McCandless and frequent compadre, guitarist John Stowell - especially where all are synchronous - is fascinating. These ensemble sequences have an understated beauty and power (“Fields of Joy,” “Mountain Streams”). The use of the double reeds with the stringed instruments is a stroke of orchestration genius.
Friesen, a master technician, has a marvelously deep and attractive resonant bass sound (“A Little Child’s Poem”). And, he’s got a vocalist’s (and percussionist’s) approach to playing melody (“1 Rue Brey,” a wild duet with drummer Steve Gadd). Gadd, by the way, is on his studio game adding further precision and virtuosity of his own. As a composer, Friesen is brilliant, spinning off highly sophisticated rhythms, meters and textures from his pen.
“Star Dance” offers wide and wild variance in rhythmic and melodic textures – all of which are unique and appealing. It’s an indescribable romp from a visionary star of universal talent.
(Posted on 5/25/2015)
- Star DanceReview by Simon Sez
On Star Dance, Friesen teams up with John Stowell, Steve Gadd and Paul McCandless (who plays oboe and English horn). In addition to some songs with all of the musicians, Friesen plays duets with each of the players, giving the set lots of variety. This could be considered jazz folk music, with the quartet fulfilling David Friesen’s musical vision.
Simon Sez: Bassist David Friesen on Star Dance (IC1019) plays thoughtful duets and quartets with John Stowell, Steve Gadd and Paul McCandless.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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