David Friesen

Day of Rest

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Tom Haugen, Take Effect Reviews

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David Friesen is most known for his esteemed work on bass, where he's occasionally sprinkled piano into the equation. Here, though, his bass is absent, as he brings us his first recording with the piano front and center for the entire journey.

"Backward Glance" starts the listen with elegant, flowing key work that's quite warm and cozy, as Friesen settles in like an old friend coming for a visit, and "Day Dream" continues the grace with intricate progression as the climate turns a bit introspective.

Further into the listen, the sublime "Distant Shores" offers a stirring intimacy, while "In The Moment" is a bit more firm, but still retains much beauty in its mature execution. "Meaningful" then tugs on the heartstrings with its dreamy attention to detail and agile playing.

Inching toward the end, "My Dog Ellie" showcases Friesen's glowing vision with a rich and vibrant demeanor, and "Going Forth" finishes the listen with a cautious yet impactful conclusion to a very genuine and pensive use of a Ravenscroft Grand Piano.

There's 20 pieces here, many of which hover around the 2 minute mark, and are both composed and improvised. The aptly titled record certainly could soundtrack a restful day with its tranquil and peaceful vision, and will absolutely resonate with those with an ear for piano music.








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