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.
|Tickle Toes / Lester Young||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||5:10|
|If You Could See Me Now / Tadd Dameron / Carl Sigman||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||5:57|
|I'll Remember April / Gene DePaul / Patricia Johnston / Don Raye||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||4:31|
|There's No Such Thing as Love / Ian Fraser / Anthony Newley||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||4:49|
|Almost Everything / Don Friedman||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||5:20|
|Ricardo Bossa Nova||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||6:20|
|'Round Midnight / Bernie Hanighen / Thelonious Monk / Cootie Williams||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||5:44|
|On Green Dolphin Street / Bronislaw Kaper / Ned Washington||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||3:51|
|Here's That Rainy Day / Johnny Burke / James Van Heusen||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||5:15|
|Match Point / Don Friedman||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||4:37|
|Travelin' / Chuck Wayne||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||5:17|
|Prelude to a Kiss / Duke Ellington / Irving Gordon / Irving Mills||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||5:45|
|Time After Time / Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||3:43|
|S.S. Cool / Chuck Wayne||Don Friedman feat: Tom Butts / Alyse Levy||3:51|