David Friesen

Four to Go

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David Friesen completed a series of CDs for ITM with Four to Go (following duo sessions on Two for the Show and trio date Three to Get Ready, though there evidently wasn't a solo disc called "One for the Money"). He's accompanied by tenor saxophonist John Gross, flugelhorn player Gary Barone, and drummer Alan Jones, who plays handmade instruments rather than a traditionally manufactured set. Although Friesen has some fine solos throughout the disc, it is the interaction between the group that makes the session work. Their explorations of Jackie McLean's "Dr. Jackal," a pair of standards "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" and "Come Rain or Come Shine," as well as several originals by the leader, are all enjoyable. This nearly hour-long set is full of exciting music.

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