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Old Mar 5, 2005, 10:39 PM
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David Friesen Concert with Miles Black and Tom Keenlyside opening



Hi,
I wanted to let people know about a concert that i'm sponsoring with bassist David Friesen on May the 27th 2005, at the Maple Ridge Arts Centre and Theater. Opening for David will be Miles Black and Tom Keenlyside(who are currently working on a cd together in their band Altered Laws).
I'm also sponsering a jazz workshop for all intruments with David Friesen at my home in Deroche(located between Mission and Harrison). For more concert and workshop info check out my website or David's:

http://www.larkspurlandscapes.com/Concerts.htm

http://www.davidfriesen.net/

I first saw David Friesen play about 29 years ago, in a pub in Portland, Oragon. I've never heard anyone before or since squeeze so much sound and rythem out of a bass. I was only 19 at the time, and because of my age deficit i got chucked out of the bar after just 2 tunes.(such a drag for my then older mate!) I guess David felt sorry for us, because he came out and gave us a copy of his first album, which i still enjoy listening to. Since then he's made over 65 of his own recordings with some of the greats of jazz, and over a hundred more as a side man. Some of the notable musicians David has played with include: Woody Shaw, Dexter Gorden, Memphis Slim, John Handy, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Horn, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Bud Shank, Elmer Gill, Mal Waldron, Larry Coryell, Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Uwe Kropinski and many more. He's had many other accomplishments which you can check out on his or my website, including having conducted 100's of workshops around the world. David's playing and recording covers a range of jazz styles. His solo music is truely music of the soul.


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Old Mar 28, 2005, 01:14 PM
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What kindof bass is that that Friesen is playing in the attached picture? I've never seen one like that. Is it electric?
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Old Mar 28, 2005, 05:06 PM
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Hemage bass

That's a Hemage bass, made in Austria. I know that Friesen does'nt call it an electric bass, although I'm sure it would have a pickup on it. I'm not sure if there are 1, or 3 of them altogether. I seem to remember that he keeps 1 in Europe since he plays there often. I remember Friesen saying that people he's played with, tend to like the sound of the Hemage bass better. I know that it picks up rhythms really well. I'll see what else I can dig up on it.You might find more somewhere on his website, although when I tried the hemage link, all I got was a home page in German, with no info that I could access.
Wendy, Larkspur

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Old Mar 29, 2005, 11:49 PM
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Wendy was nice enough to drop off a couple of recent David Friesen discs at the station so I'll be getting them on the show (did some last week already) in the next while and I'll try to arrange an interview as the show approaches. David Friesen is a fabulous musician who has been based in Portland for many years but who hasn't been in this area for quite a long time.

I've heard him a couple of times in duet with a couple of great guitar players, John Stowell and Uwe Kropinski (who was here with Oscar Peterson last year). The John Stowell-David Friesen gig was kind of funny; about a year after I moved to Vancouver in 1979, I was the lucky winner of a CJAZ contest: a weekend for two at the Empress in Victoria for the Mon-El Jazz Weekend. This was a mini-festival organized by the late Elmer Gill along with Monty Alexander (I think) which featured Stowell, Friesen, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Harry Sweets Edison (Sweets & Jaws), Pete Jolly, Roy McCurdy and a raft of others. Leonard Feather gave a couple of talks and showed a documentary film he'd made on Vi Redd (Paul Horn was the projectionist!). There were only about 50 festival attendees (or so besides the musicians) and everybody hung out and ate together between gigs. Pretty choice ...
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 09:43 AM
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<i>There were only about 50 festival attendees </i>

That is pathetic, but unsurprising.

Things haven't changed a bit in the last 36 years, either.
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 10:01 AM
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No, it was only supposed to have about 50 attendees; I think it was about $400 per person for the weekend (in 1980 $ which of course I didn't pay) and that included rooms and meals at the Empress in Victoria. The concerts, talks and other events were in the meeting rooms at the hotel and they were reasonably full. The last concert on Sunday Night was in a larger room that was 'open to the public' but the whole weekend was more of a retreat for the musicians that we got to sit in on. Definitely a fond memory... N
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 10:23 AM
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$400!!

Yikes! And in 1980 dollars too.

That definately would have priced me out. I think my whole income that year was around $9,000.
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 01:00 PM
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John Stowell-David Friesen gig

I heard Friesen with Joe Henderson in San Francisco around 1976. The following year I brought Ted Curson to play a Vancouver Jazz Society gig and he brought Friesen on bass. On both occasions Friesen played great. Really great. So when he called me for a duo gig with Stowell in '78 I was thrilled. I said he could do anything he wanted. It turned out to be the only VJS concert that disappointed me.

Friesen was so cool. After the show he asked how I liked it. I said, hesitatingly, that I was bored. He laughed and said he could understand that. Then we all went to Chinatown to pig out.

So, Nou, how was their Victoria concert?
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 10:21 PM
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I think you have to take it in context (and remember that this was 25 years ago), David Friesen's long been associated with those other Portland-based musicians Oregon (the group not the state), he's often played with Glenn Moore and may even have filled in for him on occasion. A lot of his music in that context has a world music flavour, lots of modal playing and vamping on suspended chords. So the duet with Stowell definitely had a new-ageish tinge to it (you probably would have found it boring) but they're both fabulous musicians and their short sets nestled in with the hard bop and other sets of the weekend made for a wonderful counterpoint.

I was trying to remember who the other musicians there were (I've already corrected an error in my previous posting), Elmer Gill brought his vibes and even Leonard Feather played some piano, although my discovery for the weekend was the late Pete Jolly - he teased out a lovely Round Midnight and cooked through a hornless version of Nat Adderley's Work Song with Roy McCurdy. There was also a guitarist in the style of Kenny Burrell (not Kenny Burrell) but I don't remember who.

Anybody else out there remember this mini-fest and any of the other folks who were there? At least I know that David Friesen was there, maybe I can ask him to trawl his memory if we manage to cook up an interview.

BTW, I was googling Elmer Gill's name to see if I could dig up anything about the fest on the web and tripped over this:

http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/p...1964_01_31.pdf

a pdf of the ubyssey from 1964 that talks about Elmer playing at the re-opening Inquisition coffee house, with Reverend Gary Davis coming to the Attic, and an MJQ/Barney Kessel concert at the Queen E! Pretty wild, Brian did you catch that any of those?
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Old Mar 30, 2005, 11:10 PM
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Brian did you catch that any of those?
I wasn't here in '64, alas.
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Old May 14, 2005, 09:48 PM
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Friesen is continuously doing so many different styles of jazz as well as fusing them together. Personally, I've always had eclectic tastes in jazz as well as other types of music; both when i'm listening to music and playing it. So the variety in Friesen's style appeals to me (especially the various fusions that blend some styles together).When I asked Miles to play the opening for the concert he described Friesen as "a master of inovation on the bass" Over the year's the musicians that i've liked the best have been inovaters.

Many jazz lovers are more selective in the styles that they like. I've been to some Jazz concerts where many were ecstatic about the music(especially musicians in the audience), but others have a bored or almost a pained look, because they just don't get the groove of the patterns. There's lots of good music that I don't particularly like, but masses of people do. Music is as varried as food, but as long as there are people who get joy from it, why knock it? In contrast to Brian's boredom with a concert that took place many years ago, I've run into people who have said that Friesen is the best, or one of the best bassists they've ever heard. Realistically, if you look at the great people he's played with over the last 40 years as well as his accomplishments spanning his whole career, I would say that many have not been bored.

One reason I thought to ask Miles and Tom to play is that they also enjoy playing a variety of music styles as well as fusing them together. My favorate time listening to Miles play was after a home concert with Glenda Rae, when he played a whole range of styles on my old piano.

One of the concepts that I really agree with, both from Frisens workshop dvd as well as a guitar workshop that Micheal Friedman did at my house, is that you can't worry about pleasing everyone or you'd lose your soul, you have to try to be in the moment and play what you feel.

Good sound is also important especially for the style of music(which will include some of those long soulfully bent notes that Nou was talking about), which is why I picked the Maple Ridge Theatre which is engineered for good sound.

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Old May 15, 2005, 12:59 AM
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In contrast to Brian's boredom with a concert that took place many years ago, I've run into people who have said that Friesen is the best, or one of the best bassists they've ever heard.
Just to clarify, I also think Friesen is a fabulous bassist - it was just that particular musical situation that left me cold, although others, many much hipper than me, really dug it.
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