David Friesen — Star Dance (1976)

David Friesen - Star Dance (1976)

Artist: David Friesen
Title Of Album: Star Dance
Year Of Release: 1976
Label: Inner City
Genre: Jazz
Format: Flac/Cue/Log
Quality: Lossless
Total Time: 41:29
Total Size: 212 MB(+3%)

David Friesen - Star Dance (1976)

Artist: David Friesen
Title Of Album: Star Dance
Year Of Release: 1976
Label: Inner City
Genre: Jazz
Format: Flac/Cue/Log
Quality: Lossless
Total Time: 41:29
Total Size: 212 MB(+3%)

Tracklist

1. Winter’s Fall
2. Duet and Dialogue
3. Dolphin in the Sky
4. Star Dance
5. 1 Rue Brey
6. Fields of Joy
7. A Little Child’s Poem
8. Clouds
9. Children of the Kingdom
10. Mountain Streams

personnel :

David Friesen — acoustic bass
Paul McCandless — oboe and English horn
John Stowell — electric guitar
Steve Gadd — drums

he Inner City CD reissue series has many fine recordings listed,
and depending on your point of view and taste level, any of them
might be considered important coming out of jazz in the mid- to
late ’70s. Bassist David Friesen’s debut album, Star Dance, has to
be considered pivotal and central in the stance of contemporary
music for many reasons, not the least of which being that the
playing of the musicians is excellent. It also sets a tone for the
coming together of world musics — in the spirit of the pioneering
ensemble Oregon — and has within its grasp both spiritual and
earthy elements that few groups were able to merge. With elements
culled from Friesen’s upbringing in the Pacific Northwest,
progressive jazz of the ’60s, folk-rooted sounds, chamber music,
and New York City funk, Friesen and his band sound as unique unto
themselves as any band before, during, or after this time period.
Paul McCandless (on loan from Oregon), fellow Pacific Northwest
friend/electric guitarist John Stowell, and Big Apple studio
drummer Steve Gadd are unlikely bedfellows with Friesen, yet
achieve common-ground status within this broad mix of styles.
McCandless plays the double-reeded English horn on the majority of
these selections, and for the outstanding «Winter’s Fall» coalesces
with Friesen’s sky church bowed harmonic bass alongside Stowell’s
tiny guitar notes, as Gadd’s 7/8 beat takes over the three in a 4/4
funky midsection. The title track is a trio sans Gadd, which
strikes a much more baroque and rural pose in unison lines.
«Dolphin in the Sky» is dedicated to friend Jack Howell, a somber,
slow tearjerker as if at a gravesite during a funeral, extracting
great emotional depth, especially from McCandless. Dancing
gleefully, «Mountain Streams» is a flowing, dense, and textural
piece that taps into the natural, feminine side of life. On his
more familiar oboe, McCandless plays with the full quartet during
«Clouds,» as the title suggests in a slow, wafting motif, while
«Fields of Joy» is also unmistakably similar to the ancient and
present music of Oregon, very composed, traipsing through rows of
daisies, and breaking into a samba beat. There’s a bass/drums duet
improvisation, «1 Rue Brey,» and an unaccompanied bass solo,
«Children of the Kingdom,» which readily reveals Friesen’s
religious center with strummed harmonics and a thematic-based
ostinato for improvising off of. The sonic footprint created by
this ensemble is both arresting and disarming — a sound that
uniquely speaks to a higher power and universal dialect. Now that
the album is once again in print, there’s no excuse to pass on this
excellent recording, fused from many disparate elements and
brilliantly performed by all the participants. ~ Michael G.
Nastos

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