David Friesen

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David Friesen (born May 6, 1942) is an American jazz bassist born in Tacoma, Washington. Friesen plays the double bass as well as electric upright bass.[1]

Friesen was an autodidact on bass, having picked it up while serving in the Army in Germany. He played with John Handy and Marian McPartland and following this, with Joe Henderson; in 1975, he toured in Europe with Billy Harper. His first record as a session leader appeared that same year. In 1976, he began collaborating with guitarist John Stowell; the pair would work together often for many years. He appeared with Ted Curson at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1977. Following this, he worked with Ricky Ford, Duke Jordan, Mal Waldron, and Paul Horn. His 1989 effort Other Times, Other Places hit #11 on the U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.[2] He has also played with Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Garrett, Dizzy Gillespie and Mal Waldron.

His sister is the actress Dyan Cannon.[3]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Color Pool (1975)
  • Star Dance (1976)
  • Waterfall Rainbow (1977)
  • Through the Listening Glass (1978)
  • Other Mansions (1979)
  • Paths Beyond Tracing (1980)
  • Heart to Heart (1980)
  • Storyteller (1981)
  • Amber Skies (1983)
  • Encounters with Mal Waldron (1984)
  • Inner Voices (1987)
  • Other Times, Other Places (1989)
  • Departure (1990)
  • Long Trip Home (1992)
  • Two For the Show (1994)
  • 1 2 3 (1994)
  • Remembering the Moment (Soul Note, 1994)
  • The Spirit of Christmas (1994)
  • Returning (1995)
  • Dancing with the Bass (1995)
  • Three to Get Ready (1995)
  • Upon the Swing (1996)
  • Four to Go (1996)
  • Facing the Wind (1996; with Leszek Możdżer)
  • Still Waters (1997)
  • Ancient Kings (1998)
  • Tomorrow's Dream (1998)
  • Castles and Flags (1999)
  • Live at Jazz Bakery (1999)
  • In Concert (2000)
  • Made in Berlin (2000)
  • With You in Mind (2001)
  • Voices (2001)
  • The Name of a Woman (2002)
  • Grace (2002)
  • Midnight Mood:Live in Stockholm (2004)
  • Connection (2006)
  • Christmas at Woodstock (2006)
  • Made in Istanbul (2006)
  • Textures (2014; with Christian Hassenstein, Joost Lijbaart)

As sideman[edit]

With Kenny Drew

With Billy Harper

With Mal Waldron

References[edit]

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