Widely acknowledged as one of the finest bass players over the last forty years, David Friesen's Circle 3 Trio and When The Light Falls may be his finest release yet.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Remember melody? Improvisational music was built around the strength of melody long before meter and technique moved to the head of the class. Friesen never forgot melody, me manipulates and manufactures all the possibilities that exist in a simple unadorned melody. David Friesen's technique speaks for itself.
A couple of points immediately jump out with the first being that this two disc set happens to be from some live shows in Arizona and Oregon. The fabulous guitarist Larry Koonse joins the ensemble and the melodic adventures are steeped in color and are delightfully nuanced. Simplicity may be the ultimate in sophistication but Friesen elevates the melodic flow and the other music co-conspirators would seem to follow suit. Another point of note would be all compositions are originals and the consistency in ebb and flow is amazing.
There may be bass players that are technically more proficient purely from a "flash" point of view but one would be hard pressed to find a better artistic approach to melody that David Friesen.
A stunning recording. Rich yet organic. Melodic yet free from convention. David Friesen is certainly considered one of the finest artists over the last forty years for a reason.
Personnel: David Friesen: Bass; Greg Goebel: Piano; Charlie Doggett: Drums; Larry Koonse: Electric Guitar (1,3,5,7,10 and 2,4,6,9).