‘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.