Thursday, June 1, 2017

Don Friedman - Dreams & Explorations

Pianist Don Friedman first collaborated with Hungarian guitarist Attila Zoller as part of Herbie Mann's 1964-66 rhythm section. But the pair first explored the depths of their musical relationship in this excellent and aptly titled quartet session. Recorded in 1964, the same year Zoller won Down Beat's Talent Deserving Wider Recognition award, Dreams and Explorations is a challenging, evocative program of creative, improvised music that is never as predictable as traditional bop nor as ponderous, pretentious or piercing as free jazz.
There is an "open" quality to the music that allows for both interaction and exploration, yet the listener is never baffled by any journey any one musician takes. The three jazz standards ("Israel," "Darn That Dream" and "You Stepped Out of A Dream") are instructive of the quartet's investigative methodology (reminiscent of the boundaries from which Paul Bley was breaking free during the same period). But the real beauty lies in the less structured journeys the two leaders conceive. There is Friedman's 'unwritten' "Episodes" and the twelve tone rows of "Park Row. Then there's Zoller's freer "Exploration" and the intriguing freedom-in-a-foundation of "Blizzard." The thesis is movement, or the ability to inspire motion. It is about the musicians' ability to explore at will and the listener's intuition to be moved (physically or emotionally) by the sounds. A daunting concept. But it actually works. Zoller achieves a beautiful sound that is filled with fluid, always assured conceptions and Friedman glides so effortlessly over wide-reaching ideas, that you are dazzled by the sparkle of his imagination only after the fact.
Friedman and Zoller, having sensed such a powerful musical chemistry, recorded in more duo situations (until Zoller's death earlier this year). But this is the one to hear. It's perhaps one of the greatest, unsung achievements in jazz during the sixties. Essential jazz listening.
Douglas Payne

Source : http://www.allaboutjazz.com/dreams-and-explorations-don-friedman-fantasy-jazz-review-by-douglas-payne.php

Don Friedman
Quartet
Dreams And Explorations

Tracks

1 Episodes (Friedman)  5:36
2 Exploration (Zoller)  6:21
3 Park Row (Friedman)  5:30
4 Blizzard (Zoller)  5:22
6 Israel (Carisi)  6:46
7 Darn That Dream (VanHeusen, DeLange)  5:37
8 You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown, Kahn)  6:25

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Personnel
Don Friedman - p
Attila Zoller - g
Dick Kniss - b
Dick Berk - dr

Recorded in New York ; 1964

23 comments:

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you.

danair said...

Thanks very much Leopold,didn't have this one

Péter Makai said...

Wow! Many thanks,Leo!

Doug S. said...

Don Friedman is a revelation. Thanks!

Rodney said...

Thank you, Leopold

Luis said...

Merci Mel

Tim said...

what's the pw please? I tried melanchthon and leopold and neither worked. Thanks!

Chris said...

Thanks Leopold, Don is great, got a mono copy this will be nice.

Paco's brother said...

Merci Leopold, chouette musique!

neil said...

Ah, Mr Bloom, I've heard them together on 'Metamorphosis' [1966], so look forward to hearing this; many thanks...

Jazzsoulman said...

Thanks a lot

velobrewer said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

FrankDell said...

Merci Monsieur Bloom.

theblueamos said...

Thank you very much from jerusalem

theblueamos said...

Hi leopold for some reason I can not extract these zip file.non of the P .W work, please hwlp

James Manion said...

Thank you for Metamorphosis, would it be possible to repost Dreams and Explorations?

Otis Foster said...

Melanchthon, may I add my support for a re-up of this session?

Happy New Year

Melanchthon said...

http://www62.zippyshare.com/v/wSTFFLtI/file.html
http://www62.zippyshare.com/v/HFWWWq1v/file.html

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I may have made this comment elsewhere on your blog MM, so please excuse the repetition: "I asked my Hungarian friend why do Hungarians overindex world population on the greatest composers, conductors and soloists. His reply: because we like to drink and dance". Thanks so much, dear MM for this upload, brilliant music.

Kovina Kris said...

I'm a Zoller fan for sure and I love jazz that meanders across the boundaries so I'm salivating after reading that review. Thank you Mel and what a great post!

sandor essedy said...

great thanks!