David Friesen is one of the few who have really given the electric double bass its own "acoustic" voice and handwriting. Anyone who knows the intimacy of his solo concerts, for which Friesen is a pioneer, hardly misses it when he is in the trio with his music with his trio partners Joe Manis (ts, ss) and the drummers Charlie Doggett (CD 1) and Reuben Bradley CD 2 ) Splits. With David Friesen, improvisation and composition merge into a whole, since he only plays his own pieces. Even uptempo numbers like "Flight of the Angels" still have this calm and inwardness that is associated with this special musician. Friesen's relationship with the blues remains deeply rooted in his game, also outside of the explicitly bluesy tunes "New Tune Blue" and "In House" and "Skip Trip". How wonderful that after enjoying the intimate studio recordings on CD 2 (recorded in Vienna's Porgy & Bess) you can relive how expressivity and roughness come into the performance of the Circle 3 Trio. In total five times on interaction, Friesen switches from his main instrument to the piano. If he does that, the overall view of this thoroughbred musician is completed by one facet, namely that of the poet, even if you miss the sound of his bass for a short time.