ALL ABOUT JAZZ NEWSPAPER: DECEMBER 2003 EDITION
Waltz for Debby Don Friedman(441 Records) by Andrey Henkin
Attila Zoller has a lot of pleasure, looking contentedly at the genius guest, Don the piano player, giving a completely sold-out concert in “filled to the top” hall of people couple months ago supporting fresh song collection – Waltz for Debby. The times of Friedman adn Zoller close working days were along time ago…
Mostly people know this musician like a member of Clark Terry’s team. After having a break from taping as a discoverer, since the beginning of 90-s he’s been constantly releasing new albums. This is the second one of this year, but his debut for the 441 Records engrave. Not at all like his other exertion from 2003, that time Friedman comes near Mraz and Nash – suppresing pros of their craft – drumming and bass playing.
The execution traded Buster Williams for Mraz and Billy Drummond for Nash with a typically extraordinary outcome yet the consistent is Friedman’s new way to deal with blended projects of benchmarks, firsts.
Waltz for Debby is a Friedman’s festival like writer, including the stuff kind of Bill Evans (the front song), Chick Corea, Don Friedman and Michel Legrand. Where the live execution and collection veer is in the commitments of the backings.
They called Mraz for giving his special melodious, practically folksy tunes and performances to the crowd while Nash was murmuring along, basic but not overwhelming . Bill Evans’s school brought Friedman up, keeping away from the shiny or ostentation. Friedman’s acting is the best named insightful; he lets you to feel and understand everything he does. If we could compare the trio of those pianist with the jazz-money, Friedman would be the head of the bank.