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Why Isn't This Album More Well-Known?,
By A Customer
This review is from: Circle Waltz (Audio CD)
How exciting it is to discover a 50's to 60's jazz pianist that drew on the influence of Bill Evans, but created music that was fresh and distinct from that of his more well-known peer. If Evans is Matisse, Don Friedman is Kandinsky. The album is nearly uniform in its intensity and inventiveness, but the title track, Circle Waltz, stands out - Compare it to Evans' Gloria's Step and Re: Someone I Know. All these songs seem to paint a picture of the city and modernity that a jazz piano alone could have captured.