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Testimony

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Pre-Release
Release Date:
05-02-2021
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Barcode:
805558280924
Packaging:
Digipak
Catalog Number:
ORIGIN82809
Testimony
Testimony

Description

A major international jazz figure for over 50 years, bassist-composer David Friesen continues his unflagging process of creating new defining works, with the ambitious, expansive, and deeply personal musical explorations found on Testimony. Through the desire to better understand his Mother's Ukrainian heritage, and with inspired leg-work from his Czech-based assistant, Natalie Digtyar, Friesen found himself on a 2015 tour of family landmarks in Smila, Ukraine, fully researched and led by a television crew and the local historical museum. Meeting Oleksandr Pirozhenko, director of the National Academic Symphonic Band of Ukraine, set in motion the collaboration heard here, beginning with a sold-out 2016 "homecoming" concert in Smila's Concert Hall, followed by this live recording from Kiev's National Philharmonic Hall in December, 2018. Arrangements of Friesen's profoundly spiritual compositions unfold, offering passages exploding with orchestral grandeur alongside lone whispers from solo piano, vibes or bass, and intimate quartet vignettes, all reflecting the myriad emotions exposed through his journey of ancestral discovery.

"Once in a great while, a musician emerges with such authority and such seemingly effortless originality that his place in the front ranks of his instrument is unquestioned. So it is with David Friesen." - Nat Hentoff

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Prelude
  3. Still Waters
  4. Meaningful
  5. Distant Shores
  6. Tribute
  7. Sequence
  8. Another Time, Another Place
  9. Time Never Ends
  10. Deep South Blues
  11. My Faith, My Life
  12. Make Believe
  13. New Ballad
  14. Sailing
  15. Going Forth
  16. Pumpkin
  17. New Hope
  18. Lament For The Lost/Procession
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