Few solo musicians on any instrument have made music as powerful and
deeply moving as David Friesen.
Larry Kelp/Oakland Tribune
. . . absolutely breath-taking musicality and performance prowess.
A solo concert by David Friesen is an incredible experience.
He captivated the audience.
Henry Wolking/Chairman Jazz Studies University of Utah
Seldom has a jazz musician (and never a bassist) managed to spellbind
and hold an audience so happily as David did this evening.
Christer Nilsson/Orkester Journalen, Sweden
David Friesen began playing solo bass concerts on a regular basis in 1972 and is one of the pioneers of this art form for jazz bassists. His concerts display a wide range of color and rhythmic textures. There is a peace in his music that calms the listener and there is also the intense energetic passion that captivates all who hear him.
Long Trip Home
The Peace That Passes Understanding
The David Friesen compositions are all gorgeous, rich and accessible,
each tune more beautiful than the first and absolutely wonderful soloing
and ensemble play at its highest level.
Everything the trio plays is colored with a pronounced individuality.
The harmonic depth, intense rhythm and subtle interaction they employ
mesmerizes an audience.
D.Ramsey/Downbeat, Jazz Times
John Gross Tenor Saxophone
One of the jazz world's most creative voices.
The New York Times
Greg Goebel Piano
A young musician with talent to make larger waves. Goebel's solos
rich with complexities and harmonic surprises earns sustained applause
from the audience.
This quintet features
John Gross- Tenor,
Rob Davis- Tenor, Dan Balmer-
Charles Doggett- Drums and David Friesen-Hemage bass. Friesen has written all the music. There are no arrangements, each person has the responsibility to listen and respond creatively to what he hears from the other musicians in the group. Each musician is a master on his instrument...the music is highly powered, very melodic, and adventurous and there is strength in group togetherness and the time feel. The Quintet has played many successful concerts since it's beginning in 2002.
Later in the Day
Together, Friesen and
Kropinski range beyond the typical boundaries of their instrument and even
the usual concept of a duet. There are moments in their performances when
simultaneously, Friesen is playing both Shakuhachi flute and bass, and Kropinski
is playing both percussion, chords, and lines on his guitar; the duo becomes a
David Friesen and Uwe Kropinski met in Munich, Germany
in 1987 in a jazz concert where they were both playing as soloists.
They both recognized a similarity in their passion for music and enough
differences in other areas, that they combined their musical
talents and have been playing as a duet since 1987.
They have recorded several CD's together and appeared
throughout the United States and Europe in concert, at jazz festivals and
presenting Music Jazz workshops sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld/Vienna. They were
also both featured guests on the Johnny Carson Tonite Show.
Derk Richardson/San Francisco Bay Guardian
Friesen and Kropinski are "heart musicians." Their excellent technique allows them
to create their music with no noticeable limitations, freely and from their
Martin Volgger/Innsbruck, Austria
David Friesen and Larry Koonse
have been playing duets since 1998. Larry Koonse is one of the great
new guitarists on the jazz scene today. His skill as a guitarist is
extraordinary...musical ideas flowing, space, great time...he has it all!
Together the music they play is very spontaneous, warm, and with great energy.
Most of the compositions they play together are written by David Friesen.
All the Things You Are
is one of the most original voices on the tenor sax. David and John have been
playing duets together since the very early nineties. Their music together is strong
and forceful with great melodies and an innovative approach to duo playing. They have
toured together in the USA and Europe and work on a regular basis as a duet.
Before and After