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Fans of FFD know that live, this band is something very special, and no live version of a song is ever the same. Now recreate the incredible atmosphere of a FFD gig at home! Also included is behind the video footage, versions of old and new tracks: one offs, inspired jams, capturing the Freddys in full flight plus the Mark Williams' directed video for "Wandering Eye" (awarded 'Best Music Video' at this year's New Zealand Music Awards).
"Oles proves that he has what it takes, as a performer and composer, to reach the next level..." -- AllAboutJazz.com, September, 2004
"a virtuoso bassist, a wonderfully evocative composer, and a mature and lyrical improviser of the first order" -- liner notes
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That he's managed to snag Brad Mehldau for the piano chair for nearly half the total time on this disc proves he's not only got good taste, but a certain standing in the jazz community. And Mehldau delivers, big time. Almost always someone worth listening to for his tasty comping, bizarre sense of time, incessant solo ideas, and monster technique, he really digs deep here, especially on the standard, "You Don't Know What Love Is," and comes up with some of his finest playing on disc.
The rest of the recording is about equally divided between a quartet featuring Oles, Chuck Manning (saxes), Larry Koonse (guitar, a man with whom Oles has played extensively), and Mark Ferber (drums), and a trio comprising Oles, Adam Benjamin (piano), and Nate Wood (drums), with Bennie Maupin (tenor sax) sitting in for five-and-a-half minutes. One would think it difficult to maintain continuity between three different sets of players, but Oles's ability to do exactly that bespeaks his substantial bandleading abilities as well as his compositional, arranging, and playing capabilities.
Though nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary is going down here, this music always engages and often beguiles. What more do you want from jazz?