Don Friedman - Match Point

Don Friedman - Match Point
Genre: Jazz
Duration: 01:10:10
Artist: Don Friedman
Album: Match Point
Release Date: 1999
Recording Location: Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, NY
Styles: Post-Bop

This quartet album by San Francisco born, veteran piano player Don Friedman is a balanced mix of standards, not so often heard tunes, and Friedman originals, with standards in the majority. The playing on this session reveals the diverse musical experiences which have honed the piano player's style and approach to jazz music.

Having shared the stage and/or the recording studio with Ornette Coleman, Pepper Adams, Booker Little, Jimmy Giuffre, Charles Lloyd, Chuck Wayne, Dick Haymes, Elvin Jones, and Herbie Mann, he has taken something away from each of these encounters. Modernistic proclivities prevail on "Ricardo Bossa Nova." Swing is represented on Lester Young's "Tickle Toes" with some luminous tenor sax by Tom Butts. Friedman's "Match Point" is driving hard bop recalling Art Blakey's groups, with Frank Ferreri's drums pushing the envelope. Gary Mazzaroppi's bass comes into play in a significant way on this track. Introspectiveness dominates a very thoughtful "'Round Midnight" featuring a lovely Butts tenor statement.

For four of the cuts the group is joined by vocalist Alyse Levy. She shines especially bright on the up-tempo "Time After Time" and her vocalizing assumes Lee Wiley qualities on "There's No Such Thing As Love." Match Point is 70 minutes of straightforward, unpretentious, well-crafted jazz music by a veteran pianist joined by skilled instrumentalists and it deserves a listen. Recommended.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Tickle Toes / Lester YoungDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy5:10
If You Could See Me Now / Tadd Dameron / Carl SigmanDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy5:57
I'll Remember April / Gene DePaul / Patricia Johnston / Don RayeDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy4:31
There's No Such Thing as Love / Ian Fraser / Anthony NewleyDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy4:49
Almost Everything / Don FriedmanDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy5:20
Ricardo Bossa NovaDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy6:20
'Round Midnight / Bernie Hanighen / Thelonious Monk / Cootie WilliamsDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy5:44
On Green Dolphin Street / Bronislaw Kaper / Ned WashingtonDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy3:51
Here's That Rainy Day / Johnny Burke / James Van HeusenDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy5:15
Match Point / Don FriedmanDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy4:37
Travelin' / Chuck WayneDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy5:17
Prelude to a Kiss / Duke Ellington / Irving Gordon / Irving MillsDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy5:45
Time After Time / Sammy Cahn / Jule StyneDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy3:43
S.S. Cool / Chuck WayneDon Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy3:51

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