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David Friesen

Born: May 6, 1942    Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

David Friesen

A cursory glance through the vast discography of double bassist David Friesen reads like a 'Who's Who' of Jazz. With an excess of fifty recordings as either leader or co-leader and countless sessions, David has played with far too many artists to list, but randomly pulling a few names out of the hat would give such players as Ralph Towner, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Paul Horn and Mal Waldron.

Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1942, David began his life of music at the age of ten with Accordion and ukulele, before moving on to guitar professionally at sixteen. It was a while later that David became addicted to the double bass, and I began our conversation by asking him what turned him onto the instrument....
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Once in a great while, a musician emerges with such authority and such seemingly effortless originality that his place in the front ranks of his instrument is unquestioned. So it is with David Friesen.
Nat Hentoff

David Friesen is doing for the bass what Pythagoras did for triangles.
Patrick Hinely/Jazz Magazine

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 (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 (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)

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