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Grace by David Friesen and Jeff Gardner

Grace is aptly entitled. This series of piano/bass duets are eloquent and refined. Their sound feels like a tumbling mountain stream with stones polished smooth lying on the bottom dimly obscured by the flowing rhythm of water. The imagined colors are dark blue and emerald. The sound is cool and sophisticated and introspective.

‘Blues for Hawk’ has a strong lingering melody that is a lusty blues that is memorable and distant with an undercurrent of tension and pain. It is like a memory that starts out beautiful, but as one drifts unconsciously along more of the details become clear and the reasons and the consequences of that memory become more bittersweet.

‘Change of Heart’ features an extended five minute bass solo as its introduction that is a nuanced and thoughtful reminiscence. Freisen is then joined by Gardner’s piano and they engage in a conversation of whirls of tangents and flows of resolutions.

‘Preludio para Rita’ is a gorgeous tune that is sad and full of lingering regret. Rita must have been quite a person.

Gardner and Friesen are masterful on this recording of beautifully articulated tunes and stories. This is quite an accomplishment and bears repeated listening to the understated rhythms and moods and colors of their music.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: David Friesen and Jeff Gardner
  • CD Title: Grace
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Khaeon
  • Tracks: Esquecendo, Blues for Hawk, Grace, All the Things You Are, Change of Heart, Preludio para Rita, Achados E Perdidos, Dad’s Dream, Mr. Vertigo, My Funny Valentine
  • Musicians: Jeff Gardner (piano). David Friesen (bass)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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