Circle Waltz

The Don Friedman Trio

Circle Waltz
  • CAT # OJCCD-1885-2

    1. Circle Waltz 5:57
    2. Sea's Breeze 6:02
    3. I Hear A Rhapsody 5:58
    4. In Your Own Sweet Way 6:56
    5. Love's Parting 5:42
    6. So In Love 5:58
    7. Modes Pivoting 6:44

Time has only verified Don Friedman's place at the center of the revolution in piano trio playing that occurred in the early Sixties. He was surely working with (and developing) partners who could meet the challenges of the most intricate form or the most open-ended situation. Chuck Israels, his bassist here and on the previous A Day in the City (OJC-1775), had just joined Bill Evans' trio when the present album was recorded--Evans's version of "In Your Own Sweet Way" cut with Israels less than a month later (on How My Heart Sings!, OJC-369) provides a telling comparison of the two pianists--and drummer Pete LaRoca would soon pursue similar notions with Paul Bley. Friedman, Israels, and LaRoca are a true unit here, especially when exploring such memorable originals as the title waltz, the driving "Sea's Breeze," and bittersweet "Loves Parting."

with Chuck Israels, Pete La Roca

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