Circle Waltz

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Circle Waltz
Circle Waltz.jpg
Studio album by Don Friedman
Released 1962
Recorded May 14, 1962
Plaza Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 36:16
Label Riverside
RLP 431
Producer Orrin Keepnews
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Circle Waltz

Circle Waltz is the second album by pianist Don Friedman which was recorded in 1962 and released on the Riverside label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Noted jazz writer and critic Leonard Feather had this to say in his Down Beat review of January 17, 1963: "Friedman is a rare pianist. He thinks before he plays... the album is in a class with some of the best work of Bill Evans, with whom Friedman can be related in terms of general direction rather than emulation."

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars with its review by Scott Yanow stating, "Even ignoring that bassist Chuck Israels is on this set and the similarity of some of the repertoire, it is difficult to overlook the fact that pianist Don Friedman sounds very similar to Bill Evans... Friedman uses chord voicings similar to Evans and engages in the same type of close interplay with his sidemen. However, since the music is of high quality and few other keyboardists sounded like Evans this early, the CD is worth picking up by post-bop collectors".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Don Friedman except as indicated

  1. "Circle Waltz" - 5:59
  2. "Sea's Breeze" - 6:05
  3. "I Hear a Rhapsody" (Jack Baker, George Fragos, Dick Gasparre) - 7:32
  4. "In Your Own Sweet Way" (Dave Brubeck) - 5:20
  5. "Loves Parting" - 5:45
  6. "So in Love" (Cole Porter) - 3:25
  7. "Modes Pivoting" - 6:44



  1. ^ Riverside Records discography accessed October 23, 2012
  2. ^ Down Beat: January 17, 1963 vol. 30, no. 2
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed October 23, 2012