David Friesen

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

Friesen was an autodidact on bass, having picked it up while serving in the U.S. 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 album as a session leader appeared that year. In 1976, he began collaborating with guitarist John Stowell; the pair would work together often. 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 album Other Times, Other Places reached No. 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 (Muse, 1975)
  • Star Dance (Inner City, 1976)
  • Waterfall Rainbow (Inner City, 1977)
  • Through the Listening Glass (Inner City, 1978)
  • Other Mansions (Inner City, 1979)
  • Paths Beyond Tracing (SteepleChase, 1980)
  • Heart to Heart (Golden Flute, 1980)
  • Storyteller (Muse, 1981)
  • Voices (Westwind, 1983)
  • Amber Skies (Palo Alto, 1983)
  • Encounters with Mal Waldron (Muse, 1984)
  • Inner Voices (Global Pacific, 1987)
  • Other Times, Other Places (Global Pacific, 1989)
  • Departure (Global Pacific, 1990)
  • Long Trip Home (1992)
  • Two for the Show (Summit, 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 (Summit, 1995)
  • Upon the Swing (Shamrock, 1996)
  • Four to Go (1996)
  • Facing the Wind (1996)
  • Still Waters (1997)
  • Ancient Kings (1998)
  • Tomorrow's Dream (1998)
  • Castles and Flags (1999)
  • Live at Jazz Bakery (1999)
  • In Concert (Summit, 2000)
  • Made in Berlin (2000)
  • With You in Mind (2001)
  • The Name of a Woman (2002)
  • Grace (2002)
  • Midnight Mood: Live in Stockholm (Intuition, 2004)
  • Connection (Itm, 2006)
  • Christmas at Woodstock (West Wind, 2006)
  • Made in Istanbul (2006)
  • Textures (2014; with Christian Hassenstein, Joost Lijbaart)
  • Where the Light Falls (Origin, 2014)
  • Bactrian (Origin, 2015)
  • Triple Exposure (Origin, 2016)

As sideman[edit]

With Ted Curson

With Kenny Drew

With Billy Harper

With Duke Jordan

With Mal Waldron

References[edit]

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