by Don Friedman


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The producer of this 2003 studio session decided to mix things up a bit for veteran jazz pianist Don Friedman by inviting a new rhythm section to play with him. Neither bassist John Patitucci nor drummer Omar Hakim had crossed paths with Friedman on a recording date, though they are both accomplished musicians who provide excellent support for him. The leader planned a set mixing standards and time-tested jazz compositions by various greats. The chemistry is readily apparent in the trio's fluid approach to "Star Eyes" and the light bossa nova setting of "Body and Soul." Friedman's lush, lyrical arrangements of the upbeat ballad "Emily" and the bittersweet "Turn Out the Stars" will invite comparisons to Bill Evans' memorable recordings. There's nothing predictable about the group's interpretation of "'Round Midnight," with each musician finding a new facet to explore within this decades-old jazz standard. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2007
Label: Virgin Japan
UPC: 4542696001399
catalogNumber: 18817
Rank: 180775

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Friedman   Primary Artist,Piano
Omar Hakim   Drums
John Patitucci   Bass,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Evans   Composer
Bud Powell   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Walter Fuller   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Kazumi Kurigami   Cover Photo
Mikio Aoki   Executive Producer
Yasohachi "88" Itoh   Producer,Audio Production
Keiji Uyeda   Art Direction
Yoshiro Suzuki   Engineer

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