David Friesen

My Faith, My Life

Origin 82768

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One of the most eminent exponents of the instrument, he maintains an astonishing level of virtuosity.
LOS ANGELES TIMES

As early as 1976, Nat Hentoff wrote: "Once in a great while, a musician emerges with such authority and such seemingly effortless originality that his place in the front ranks of his instrument is unquestioned." Hentoff was not speaking of promise or potential, but actual performance, and forty-two years later, with My Faith, My Life, bassist David Friesen has added immeasurably to his stature. With its two CD suites complementing each other so fully, it's an epochal achievement - a testament to the offers of faith, matched with a purposeful life. Disc One is a 13-piece solo performance on his Hemage Bass, which calls attention to the intimacy and immediacy of his compositions. The solo piano of Disc Two highlights Friesen's supple touch on an instrument he's not generally known for. Closing the set, the composition "My Faith, My Life" sums it all up: a credo, affirmation, reverence - lower register continuity laced with sublime melody: a hymn to the Source of all song, with a fitting Amen at the close.


Track Listing:

CD ONE:
1. Ancient Kings 3:34
2. Another Anthem 2:43
3. Children of the Kingdom 3:18
4. Roof Tops 4:23
5. Color Pool 1:37
6. Long Trip Home 3:55
7. Sitka in the Woods 3:54
8. Martin's Balcony 3:01
9. Prelude 2:10
10. Sons and Daughters 1:06
11. Islands 4:16
12. Flight of the Angels 3:34
13. Lament For the Lost/Procession 8:24

CD TWO:
1. Sequence 2:44
2. A Light Shining Through 3:40
3. Araya 3:22
4. Still Waters 2:26
5. Resurgence 3:13
6. Right From Wrong 2:23
7. Another Time, Another Place 4:52
8. Playground 2:44
9. 1969 Rolls Royce 2:10
10. Perseverance 4:35
11. New Hope 2:25
12. Song For Ben 3:25
13. Only Just Yesterday 2:18
14. Evening Spring 3:29
15. Time Changes 3:31
16. My Faith, My Life 3:49

All music composed and arranged by David Friesen

Performers:

CD 1:
David Friesen - bass, shakuhatchi

CD 2:
David Friesen - piano

Production Info:

Produced by David Friesen
CD ONE - Solo bass, Shakuhatchi
Recorded by Peter Swann, Phoenix, Arizona
Recorded February, 2017
Mixing Engineers: Peter Swann, David Friesen
CD TWO - Solo grand piano
Recorded by Rob Moore at Ravenscroft Studios, Carefree, Arizona
Recorded July 31, 2018 & August 1, 2018
Mastered by Dana White, Specialized Mastering, Portland, OR
Cover Paintings by David Friesen
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of My Faith, My Life

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Anyone up for a two disc tour de force from a contemporary master playing at the penultimate part of his game with so much yet to explore? One disc solo bass and one disc solo piano, Friesen makes a statement like never before as this instrumental music sails way past category showing what it really means to play your heart out. Simply masterful ...

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