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Solo Bass

Few solo musicians on any instrument have made music as powerful and deeply moving as David Friesen.
Larry Kelp/Oakland Tribune
. . . absolutely breath-taking musicality and performance prowess. A solo concert by David Friesen is an incredible experience. He captivated the audience.
Henry Wolking/Chairman Jazz Studies University of Utah
Seldom has a jazz musician (and never a bassist) managed to spellbind and hold an audience so happily as David did this evening.
Christer Nilsson/Orkester Journalen, Sweden
David Friesen began playing solo bass concerts on a regular basis in 1972 and is one of the pioneers of this art form for jazz bassists. His concerts display a wide range of color and rhythmic textures. There is a peace in his music that calms the listener and there is also the intense energetic passion that captivates all who hear him.

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David Friesen/Glen Moore Duo

Friesen and Moore have both passed (years ago)the half-century mark, and the maturity this affords shows itself in all the best ways. All the youthful fascination with and boundless energy for their music is augmented by perspectives gained through decades of experience.
Patrick Hinely/Jazz Times
Bassist David Friesen is a phenomenon, a player whose musicianship, tone, time and imagination are uncategorizable.
Nat Hentoff
Glen Moore is one of the most virtuoso bassists in jazz, a great musician open to influences from around the world.
Ken Dryden
Glen Moore and David Friesen are two musical artists who have consistently produced excellence: true giants operating on the highest level. Year after year (and for fifty years now) they have raised the bar of expectation and fulfillment, until it would appear that they can ascend no higher—yet I will not be at all surprised when, possessing the seemingly infinite talent they have (the extent of their rare gifts, their compatibility and natural consonance) they do so: offering future work we shall all be privileged to hear. Thank you, David Friesen and Glen Moore! Read More
William Minor-Down Beat, Cadence, Jazz Times
In a 2006 jazz bass poll, both David Friesen and Glen Moore were listed as two of the 20 most influential bass players in the history of jazz.

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Circle 3 Trio

Greg GoebelPianowebsite
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
Charles DoggettDrumswebsite
Charlie Doggett exhibits wondrous use of his percussives, truly remarkable discernment.
Fame Music Magazine
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
The sum of the whole (David Friesen’s Circle 3 Trio)is far greater than the figuration of its parts. Friesen has forever tread outside the ordained paths and will never cease to do so. Be ye dumbstruck with awe at the pure artistry of it all.
Fame Music Magazine
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
Watch video of David Friesen's Circle 3 Trio recorded live on TV

David Friesen Quintet

John GrossTenor Saxwebsite
Rob DavisTenor Saxwebsite
Dan BalmerGuitarwebsite
Charles DoggettDrumswebsite

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Featuring original compositions by David Friesen, there are no arrangements- each person has the responsibility to listen and respond creatively to what he hears from the other musicians in the group. Each musician is a master on his instrument...the music is highly powered, very melodic, and adventurous and there is strength in group togetherness and the time feel. The Quintet has played many successful concerts since it's beginning in 2002.

David Friesen International Trio

Christian HassensteinGuitarwebsite
Great music... Jazz on a high level... a guitarist rarely sounded as emotional and subtle as Christian... appealing virtuosity, wit and imagination.
A. Austrup Munstersche Zeitung
Joost LijbaartDrumswebsite
Few drummers equal Lijbaart's awareness of sound... it forces you to listen carefully.
Volkskrant, The Netherlands

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David Friesen China Trio

Lawrence Ku 顾忠山Guitarwebsite
As one of the most sought after jazz musicians – being a guitarist, a composer and an educator at the same time – Lawrence Ku has been part of the exploding music scene in China.
All That Jazz
Alec HaavikAlto Saxwebsite
Amazing Alec Haavik is known for his mutli-textured, genre-bending, hyper-expansive, death-defying jazz playing and compositions.
SmartShanghai

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David Friesen UK Trio

Martin HathawayAlto Saxwebsite
Martin Hathaway is still Britain's most underrated alto saxophonist.
Dave Gelly/The Observer
Barry GreenPianowebsite
Green's virtuosity... his work can be both intricate and assertive and is constantly inventive.
Pete Martin/Jazz UK