Friday, September 9, 2016

Don Friedman - Metamorphosis

For Friedman's fifth recording, he is definitely exploring the progressive edges of modern mainstream post-bop. He's more sublimated as a voice, with guitarist Attila Zoller taking a prominent role as frontman, while the performances of bassist Richard Davis and drummer Joe Chambers provide perfect foils for Friedman's swashbuckling creative urges. While the pianist utilizes elements stemming from bop and the avant garde, the melodic and listenable ingredients are juxtaposed with challenging ideas, and the leader acts as a true ringleader in the midst of his three brilliant compadres. "Wakin' Up" starts the six tracks in a quirky, mid-swing waltz ; Zoller's signature clipped, staccato leads and the innovative Davis' ruminating bass chords identify a sound prevalent throughout. "Spring Signs" presents a written 16-bar head, then scattered melodic and harmonic shards, and some free improv with instruments countermoving each other. A bop-swing mid-section, bowed long tones as only Davis can conjure, and Zoller rambling on and on roughly signifies this A-B-A composition, which runs 11 and a half minutes. Jimmy Guiffre's churning "Drive" has a design that the writer describes as a difficult piece of music which is embellished, perhaps even expounded upon, by the collective light of these four. The most tunefully attractive "Extension" of Zoller's is again boppish, with guitar and ostinato bass leading the way. It is here that Friedman's gypsy voice comes to the forefront amidst a string of probing, wafting, bright, and beautiful harmonic inventions, with or without guitar, in no time or with meter. "Troubadour's Groovedour" is Zoller's dark 12-tone based musical limerick, with phrases traded equally, swing in 4/4, and leading to a conspiratorial bridge of call and response with guitar and piano only. The finale, Zoller's "Dream Bells," is also a no time tryptych;, angular and Monk-like, it has a contained intensity much like the state of REM. The bowed bass of Davis has spaced-out overtones, and a nifty, multiple-cymbal solo from Chambers is delicate yet direct, in 6/8 or rubato fashion. Certainly Friedman challenges listeners with this music, but he also challenges his own abilities and concepts. For the time period, it is one of the most vital, original, progressive statements, and one that, after all these years, retains a timeless freshness that bears not only a second listening, but consideration as a creative music hallmark.
Michael G. Nastos

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gzfyxqugldte

Don Friedman
Metamorphosis
(UCCO-90266)

Tracks

1 Wakin' Up (Friedman)  4:53
2 Spring Sign (Friedman)  11:38
3 Drive (Giuffre)  4:47
4 Extension (Zoller)  9:17
5 Troubadours Groovedour (Zoller)  6:44
6 Dream Bells (Zoller)  7:30

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Personnel
Don Friedman - p
Attila Zoller - g
Richard Davis - b
Joe Chambers - dr

Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; February 22, 1966

25 comments:

neil said...

Only heard him so far with Knepper and pepper; but this sounds a 'must listen'. Many thanks for ever expanding my horizons...

Anonymous said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/420223411/DoFhhh.rar

Don Friedman - Hot House (2004)

Kovina Kris said...

It's not all that often that I like an album enough to upgrade 320K to FLAC but this is one of them. Great stuff! If you're on the fence, get it!

Thanks Anon for the Hot House link as well.

Anonymous said...

Nice - thank you, mel.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again for this one. I'm not a big fan of Friedman, but I love Chambers.
Christophe

Foth said...

Thanks, haven't heard much of Friedman except Circle Waltz which is very good. Looking forward to this.
Cheers

Heervee said...

D Friedman: thank you for this one, different but so rich

Collectionist said...

Thanks Mel - I love finding Zoller releases!

moha said...

as Collectionist said, I'm happy with a 'new' Zoller! Thanks Mel

bosshoss said...

Greetings!
Mighty interesting, but no working password.
Please help, bosshoss

gilhodges said...

This was a revelation when first shared here. Still loving it and devouring all the Don Friedman I can, thanks to you, Mel.

Mike Tempest said...

the three passwords doesn't work
thank you
Mike

Mike Tempest said...

thank you but the passwords doesn't work.
Mike

deGallo said...

Also, tried all three passwords and none will work???

Mike Tempest said...

try more than once. Doesn't work.
no funciona ninguna de las 3 pw!
Thank you

estravagario said...

Hello Melanchthon. None of three pass works (neither the one starting by capital letter).

ooglybong said...

Sorry, the capitalized Melanchthon doesn't work either. Maybe this file needs a re-up? Thanks for your efforts! :-)

Markus Rose said...

Works for me with the "m" capitalized! Thank you once again kind sir!

Melanchthon said...

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Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

once more: weekend is here and so is great music to enjoy it even more, thank you!

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deGallo said...

Thank you.

gullo said...

Bravo bravo bravo! One of my favorite LPs!

Brush&Stick said...

Thank you!