Don Friedman

Dreams and Explorations

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Pianist Don Friedman's fourth and final Riverside recording (which was reissued as an Original Jazz Classics CD in 1998) can easily be divided into two. The first four selections match Friedman, guitarist Attila Zoller, bassist Dick Kniss and drummer Dick Berk on four fairly free pieces that find the musicians interacting intuitively with each other. The final three numbers ("Israel," "Darn That Dream" and "You Stepped out of a Dream") find Friedman returning to his roots in Bill Evans and some more conventional swinging. Overall, this is a fine effort that features the two sides of early Don Friedman.

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