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. So it is with David Friesen.
Virtuoso bassist, composer, leader, innovator, talent scout and storyteller, David Friesen offers another of his many gifts in Triple Exposure through the original visual art that graces the cover. David's subtle art work is at one with the spiritual essence, the relaxed precision, and the masterful dynamics - the fully collaborative musical adventure - of Triple Exposure. From David's opening eight note vamp, pianist Greg Goebel's handsomely selective melodic lines and Charlie Doggett's graceful drumming on "Whetstone," through the other ten original compositions, the trio employs perfect interplay, truly a family unit with all its genial genes and collaborative cells, a closely linked group that thrives on selfless awareness and mutual compatibility totally at home with one another. "Everything the trio plays is colored with a pronounced individuality. The harmonic depth, intense rhythm and subtle interaction they employ mesmerizes an audience." - DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
1. Whetstone 6:17
2. Turn in the Road 5:42
3. Bright Light Sky 4:50
4. Rainbow Song 7:08
5. Side Step 4:36
6. Another Time, Another Place 5:06
7. Right From Wrong 5:08
8. Let It Be Known 5:13
9. Soft As Silk 4:53
10. Everything We Are 4:25
11. Open Country 5:44
Producer: David Friesen
Executive Producer: David Friesen
Recorded at Portland Piano, Co. Portland, Oregon September 27-28, 2015
Mixing: Phoenix, AZ February 4 th 5 th 2016
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Peter Swann, David Friesen
Post Production: Dana White/Specialized Mastering, Portland, Oregon February 26 th 2016
Front and back cover and inside paintings by: David Friesen
Cover design by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
The bass ace leads his piano trio through a tight, solid set that leaves plenty to the imagination but leaves no room for mucking around. On point as only an experienced pro can be, this atmospheric set takes you to the lighter side where it seems only natural a cocktail should be in your hand at sunset. Breezy and airy, the trio commands the su ...
All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
4-STARS For most, a triangle is the shape that readily springs to mind when analyzing, discussing, and/or conceptualizing a trio. There's no mistaking roles and positions, after all, when there are three clearly defined sides. A circle, on the other hand, offers no beginning, no middle, and no end. In many ways it's a better analog for a band, b ...
Downbeat (Brian Zimmerman)
EDITOR'S PICK, DEC, '16 David Friesen's new album with his Circle 3 Trio is a deeply personal statement, from the clean, stimulating compositions that form the bulk of the disc to the original mixed-media collage that adorns the cover. As such, the music here feels buttressed by the support of real life experience, and almost always the listener ...
Downbeat (Carlo Wolff)
**** The stamp of protean bassist David Friesen is all over this resonant album which ends too soon despite a length of nearly an hour. From the striking cover art to Friesen's 11 originals, Triple Exposure exemplifies individuality. At the same time, it's profoundly collaborative, a celebration of interplay rather than ego. On tunes such as th ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Bassist David Friesen plays the unique looking Hemage bass guitar in his trio with Greg Goebel/p and Charlie Doggett/dr though eleven originals. The team displays a touch of the cap to Bill Evans on the gentle waltz "Everything We Are" and the softly subtle "Side Step" with Doggett brushing up on "Turn In The Road." Friesen leads the team through a ...
JazzTimes (David Whiteis)
Expect no pyrotechnics. Bassist David Friesen, pianist Greg Goebel and drummer Charlie Doggett convey intense feeling through subtlety and craft, their finely honed chops on display to enhance the artistic excellence that permeates this set. Friesen's bass servers as the primary rhythm instrument on most of these outings, establishing co ...
KUCI - Irvine, CA (Hobart Taylor)
Bassist composer Friesen, Greg Gobel, pianist, and drummer, Charlie Doggett, play the most elegant of chamber jazz. The jazz trio, like the string quartet in classical music, is an ideal form for balance between solo and ensemble play. Friesen, long a recognized virtuoso, gently leads the tunes but does not overwhelm them. Check out "Rainbow Song" ...
Ancient Victorys ()
This is the second CD of Friesen with his current Circle 3 Trio with Friesen on bass, Greg Goebel, on piano, and Charlie Doggett on drums, with all the music created by David Friesen, almost seventy minutes of creative improvisation. This trio plays around the Portland, Oregon area (when Friesen is not on international or national tour or instru ...
Improvisation Nation (Rotcod Zzaj)
Since our reviews are about the most creative and original artists on the globe, David's "Hemage" bass playing on this eleven-song all-original opus is the PERFECT way to close this issue out! Heck, even the artwork (by David) is an original! As you listen to songs like the beautiful 7:08 "Rainbow Song", you'll be aware, immediately, that this is ...
Jazz Scan (Ric Bang)
I sometimes wonder what it must have been like, to be present at a concert given by one of the true masters. Well, I've never been lucky enough to catch bassist David Friesen in person, but - thanks to the magic of albums - I can listen to him any time I so desire. Anyone similarly lucky is blessed. Friesen, now 74 years old, got his start with ...