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David Friesen

b, eb, *1942 US, Tacoma, Washington
Musician of Jazz

David Friesen (born May 6, 1942) is an American jazz bassist born in Tacoma, Washington. Friesen plays the double bass as well as electric upright bass.Friesen was an autodidact on bass, having picked it up while serving in the Army in Germany. He played with John Handy and Marian McPartland and following this, with Joe Henderson; in 1975, he toured in Europe with Billy Harper. His first record as a session leader appeared that same year. In 1976, he began collaborating with guitarist John Stowell; the pair would work together often for many years. He appeared with Ted Curson at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1977. Following this, he worked with Ricky Ford, Duke Jordan, Mal Waldron, and Paul Horn. His 1989 effort Other Times, Other Places hit #11 on the U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.

  • Bass
  • Bass guitar
  • Percussion
  • Synthesizer
  • Double bass
  • Jazz
  • Folk
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Airegin on No Parking Tow Away Zone by Kenny Garrett
In Times Past on Facing the Wind by David Friesen & Leszek Możdżer
Old Folks on No Parking Tow Away Zone by Kenny Garrett
Amber Skies on Amber Skies by David Friesen
Untitled on Facing the Wind by David Friesen & Leszek Możdżer
Wanderlust on No Parking Tow Away Zone by Kenny Garrett
Speak No Evil on No Parking Tow Away Zone by Kenny Garrett
Upon the Swing on Facing the Wind by David Friesen & Leszek Możdżer
It Never Entered My Mind on Dedication by Mal Waldron & David Friesen
Blue and Green on Amber Skies by David Friesen

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
StructuresDavid Friesen2017Album
BactrianDavid Friesen & Glen Moore2015Album
TexturesChristian Hassenstein, David Friesen, Joost Lijbaart2014Album
Brilliant HeartDavid Friesen2013Album
Circle Of ThreeDavid Friesen2009Album
Made With FriendsDavid Friesen / Uwe Kropinski2007Album
ConnectionDavid Friesen2006Album
Christmas At WoodstockDavid Friesen, Jeannie Hoffman2006Album
Remembering MalDavid Friesen, Mal Waldron2006Album
Made In IstanbulDavid Friesen / Uwe Kropinski2004Album
Made In BerlinDavid Friesen / Uwe Kropinski2001Album
The Name Of A WomanDavid Friesen2001Album
With You In MindDavid Friesen / Gary Versace2001Album
GraceDavid Friesen, Jeff Gardner2000Album
Old FolksKenny Garrett / John Scofield / Michael Brecker / David Friesen1999Album
Live At The Jazz BakeryDenny Zeitlin / David Friesen1999Album
Made In BerlinDavid Friesen / Uwe Kropinski1999Album
Tomorrow’s DreamsDavid Friesen1998Album
Still WatersDavid Friesen, Ralf Illenberger, Ulrike Dinter1997Album
Facing The WindLeszek Możdżer & David Friesen1996Album
Four To GoDavid Friesen, John Gross, Gary Barone, Alan Jones1996Album
Castles And FlagsDavid Friesen1996Album
ReturningDavid Friesen, Glen Moore1995Album
Remembering The MomentDavid Friesen / Eddie Moore / Jim Pepper / Julian Priester / Mal Waldron1994Album
The Spirit Of ChristmasDavid Friesen, Jeannie Hoffman1994Album
...Three To Get ReadyDavid Friesen with Clark Terry & Bud Shank1994Album
Ancient KingsDavid Friesen, Airto Moreira, Gary Barone1994Album
Two For The ShowDavid Friesen1993Album
In ConcertDenny Zeitlin, David Friesen1992Album
Long Trip HomeDavid Friesen1992Album
Now AloneChuck Marohnic, David Friesen, Joe LaBarbera1992Album
Pages Of StoneChuck Marohnic, David Friesen, Joe LaBarbera1991Album
DepartureDavid Friesen With Uwe Kropinski1990Album
Other Times - Other PlacesDavid Friesen1989Album
DedicationMal Waldron / David Friesen1988Album
Born Of WaterJeff Johnson, David Friesen, Dave Hagelganz1987Album
Inner VoicesDavid Friesen1987Album
To Hear The World In A Grain Of Sand (World Music - Live At The Donaueschingen Festival)Andrew Cyrille - Dom Um Romao - Prakash Maharaj - Conrad Bauer - Lennart Åberg - Bernd Konrad - Luis Di Matteo - Vikash Maharaj - Tom van der Geld - Rudy Smith - David Friesen1986Album
EncountersMal Waldron, David Friesen1985Album
Amber SkiesDavid Friesen1984Album
Yet To ComeLinc Chamberland, David Friesen1983Album
Heart To HeartPaul Horn • David Friesen1983Album
Sentimental 'Round ChristmasJeannie Hoffman, David Friesen1983Album
StorytellerDavid Friesen1981Album
Other MansionsDavid Friesen, John Stowell1980Album
Paths Beyond TracingDavid Friesen1980Album
Hozan, Friesen +1Hozan Yamamoto, David Friesen1980Album
Color PoolDavid Friesen1979Album
Through The Listening GlassDavid Friesen, John Stowell1978Album
In ConcertGlen Moore And David Friesen1977Album
Waterfall RainbowDavid Friesen1977Album
Star DanceDavid Friesen1976Album
Gonna Plant Me Some SeedsJeannie Hoffman, David Friesen1976Album
Vanishing The DarknessDavid FriesenAlbum
Five & Three (Quintet And Trio Music)David FriesenAlbum
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