David Friedman: Air Sculpture: Release Information
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Release Date: 16.09.1994
TT Catalogue No: 4406
David Friedman, internationally renowned vibraphonist, marimbist, composer and jazz educator, has his own musical message, born of fascinatingly diverse musical influences. Few jazz musicians can claim as broad a spectrum of performing and recording experiences, ranging from names such as Leonard Bernstein and Luciano Berio, to Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter and Yoko Ono. The list doesn't stop there. Friedman has been heard either live or on recordings with, amongst others, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Johnny Griffin, Jane Ira Bloom, Ron Carter and John Scofield. His compositions can be heard on Chet Baker's Enja release Peace with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Joe Chambers. In 1977 Friedman co-founded the unique vibe-marimba quartet, Double Image, later nominated for a German Grammy.
Friedman's international reputation as a jazz educator led to an invitation to build a new jazz department at the Hochschule der Künste, in Berlin. As Professor of Jazz Studies since 1989, he is a devoted teacher and inspiration to his students, while still active as performer.
Air Sculpture is a solo mallet recording project, utilizing multiple vibe and marimba overdubs to create richly textural soundscapes (which gives it its title Air Sculpture). Friedman's compositions comprise eight of the ten tunes on the record. Also included is the classic "Green Dolphin Street" by Kaper/Washington and "Song for Starsy" by the producer Wolfgang Loos.
"For me, the purity of the recording and clarity of the playing makes this CD worthy of many listenings. Throughout this album I was constantly intrigued by the variety and inventiveness used to create a truly personalized approach to each compostion - thoughtful as well as thought provoking." Dave Samuels