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David Freeman by David Freeman

Immediately from the first notes of the aggressive sounding throaty tenor saxophone heard on the Latin inspired first cut "Get a Rope" of David Freeman’s CD David Freeman the listener becomes aware that this is a musician worthy of notice. Freeman demonstrates exceptional technique and sound that is certainly reminiscent of, and on par with everyone from John Coltrane to Don Menza to Branford Marsalis. Freeman also demonstrates his capabilities as a composer demonstrating creative thought in producing some very refreshing sounds.

The CD is comprised of six compositions that are (as no composer/arranger is listed for any of the tunes) assumed to be originals by Freeman. In style they range from the aforementioned Latin styled opener, "Get a Rope" to a piece like "Presence" that features Freeman on Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI) and sounds more avant-garde in orientation. There is also a fair share of straight ahead oriented tunes on the CD, and in addition to the EWI and tenor saxophone, Freeman also performs on soprano saxophone. The sidemen on this recording date also have their share of opportunities to step up and gain notice. Of particular note is the bass work of Joseph Patrick Moore on "Presence" and guitarist Dan Baraszu on the composition "Guitar Song."

At the very least, this is a delightfully enjoyable jazz recording. David Freeman would be of interest to not only the casual listener but the aficionado as well. At its best, this CD provides evidence that there is a new creative voice on the horizon of the jazz world, and one can only look forward to what is yet to come from David Freeman.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: David Freeman
  • CD Title: David Freeman
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Tracks: Get a Rope, Jelly Dancer, Presence, For Beth, Bigger Fish, Guitar Song
  • Musicians: David Freeman (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, Akai EWI), Dan Baraszu (guitar), Joseph Patrick Moore (bass), Joe Lee (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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