Don Friedman

Attila's Dreams

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Pianist/composer Don Friedman pays homage to late guitarist and friend Attila Zoller on Attila's Dreams. Zoller, one of the jazz world's truly overlooked talents, worked with Friedman during the 1960s after the progressive jazz of the period had begun to influence both musicians. While firmly connected to the avant-garde through his association with Ornette Coleman, Friedman nonetheless has always displayed a love of mainstream modern jazz, and it is this ability to combine the "out" and the "in" that defines his style. Reflecting the role Zoller might have taken on this album is guitarist Andrew Cheshire, who plays here on an open-bodied guitar with no effects. Friedman and Cheshire often play the melody lines of songs together, creating a shiny and pleasing chorus sound. Most of Attila's Dreams features mellow, introspective arrangements that achieve a nice balance of progressive harmony and simple melody. However, fans of more adventurous free jazz should find things to enjoy as well, such as "Attila," a rambling, post-bop scuffle featuring hearty group improvisation. Rounding out the group are bassist Ron McClure and drummer Joey Baron.

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