Friday, August 7, 2009
Friesen Mal Waldron
I am very fond of Mal Waldron, and a great admirer of the many duet albums he recorded near the end of his life. One that I recently acquired pits Waldron against David Friesen, a virtuoso on the bass. The bass is, of course, a low instrument. It slithers along below the more assertive instruments most of the time. For that reason, the Friesen/Waldron duet puts the piano player right in front. This reverses the positions on most the duets, where horn players have a natural advantage. Waldron has to work at it to lay under one of Friesen's solos. Here is a sample from the duet album. I have kinda been featuring 'Round Midnight' on this blog. I have no intention of stopping now.