The David Friesen compositions are all gorgeous, rich and accessible, each tune more beautiful than the first and absolutely wonderful soloing and ensemble play at its highest level. JM/Jazz Clubscene
Everything the trio plays is colored with a pronounced individuality. The harmonic depth, intense rhythm and subtle interaction they employ mesmerizes an audience. D.Ramsey/Downbeat, Jazz Times
David Friesen: Bass
It’s been said of David Friesen that He does for the art of bass playing what Pythagoras did for the triangles Patrick Hinely/Jazz Times
David Friesen has recorded over 70 CD's as a leader/ co-leader and appeared as a sideman or featured artist on more than 100 recordings. He has performed and/ or recorded with many of the great names and legends of jazz including: Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, Michael Brecker, Bud Shank, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Joe Venuti, Mal Waldron, Jaki Byard, Kenny Drew Sr., Chick Corea, Milt Jackson, Slim Gaillard, John Scofield, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Paul Motian, Jack Dejohnette, Airto Moreira, and many others. He has performed in concert as a soloist (Friesen is one of two or three bassists in the world that is able to play a solo concert and keep an audience riveted) and with his own groups throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Turkey, Poland, Japan, Australia, China and South America.
In a recent 2006 jazz bass poll, David Friesen was listed as one of the 20 most influential bass players in the history of jazz.
Bassist David Friesen is a phenomenon, a player whose musicianship, tone, time and imagination are uncategorizable. Nat Hentoff
John Gross: Tenor
One of the jazz world’s most creative voices. The New York Times
John Gross was born in Los Angeles in 1944, where he lived and worked until 1991. He adopted the saxophone at an early age, and by the age of seventeen he was playing with some of the great jazz players in the business. His selected ensemble experience is as follows:
· Harry James 1962
· Johnny Mathis 1963-1964
· Stan Kenton 1966
· Lionel Hampton 1967
· Shelly Manne 1967-1972 (European Tour 1970)
· Don Ellis 1972-1975
· Bill Holman 1976-1982
· Gerald Wilson 1976-1977
· Woody Herman 1980
· Toshiko Akiyoshi 1978-1982 (2 European Tours 1979,1981) (2 Japanese Tours 1980, 1982)
In 1983 John Gross went into retreat to reassess his musical goals, and re-emerged to specialize in ensemble and solo work. Gross now lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches in the jazz programs at Portland State University and Oregon State University. He is leading three of his own groups:
· Threeplay w/Putter Smith, Larry Koonse 1989-present
· Belma Bii w/Gary Versace, Isreal Annoh 1997-present
· Saxophobia w/Warren Rand, George Mitchell, Charlie Doggett 1998-present
He is currently playing as sideman/featured artist in the following groups:
· Alan Jones Sextet 1995-present, t/s, cl. (European Tour 1998)
· David Friesen 1993-present, t/s. (European Tour 1997)
· Gordon Lee Quartet 1994-present, t/s.
· Lonesome Tree 1999-present, t/s.
· Woody Hite Big Band 1999-present, t/s, a/s, cl, fl.
· Carlton Jackson Big Band 1999-present, t/s.
· Bobby Torres Ensemble 2000-present, t/s, fl.
· Quartet Barbette 2000-present, a/s.
Greg Goebel: Pianist
A young musician with talent to make larger waves. Goebel’s solos rich with complexities and harmonic surprises earns sustained applause from the audience. Doug Ramsey/Rifftides
Born in Oregon, Greg began piano lessons at the age of four. Though improvising and composing music from an early age, it wasn’t until high school that he became seriously interested in jazz and improvisation. Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University Of Oregon School Of Music where he studied composition and improvisation with Gary Versace, Randy Porter and Steve Owen.
Throughout his high school and college careers, Greg has received numerous awards for excellence in musicianship and composition. Upon graduation he received the University’s award for Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Music. The University said of his achievements, “[he] has personally done more to elevate the performance level of our jazz students than any other person, graduate or undergraduate, who has attended the U of O in at least the last fifteen years”. Greg has been recognized in Down Beat magazine with an award for Outstanding Original Composition. He has consistently been given top honors at music festivals including, most recently, Best Overall College Performer and three times Best Overall College Pianist at the Reno International Jazz Festival. The Oregonian mentioned Greg as one of Portland’s up-and-coming pianists.
Greg continues to perform with musicians such as Alan Jones, David Friesen, Bob Magnusson, Dick Oatts, John Handy, Gary Hobbs, Peter Epstein, John Stowell, Rebecca Kilgore, Ron Steen and Ed Bennett. Greg now lives in Portland, OR where he works as a freelance musician and teaches privately.
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