Don Friedman – “Strength and Sanity”


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In 1961, the 23-year-old trumpet phenomenon Booker Little recorded two extraordinary albums: Out Front and Booker Little and Friend. Booker was a visionary musician, possessing a flawless technique, a burnished tone and a modern artistic sensibility. Although not canonical works, these two albums are known to the initiated as diamonds, and have stood for 56 years as a testament to Booker’s genius. Both albums pointed to entirely new worlds of harmonic and emotional possibility in American music. And both featured the young pianist Don Friedman.

Newvelle Records co-founder Elan Mehler and pianist Don Friedman.

In 2016, Friedman brought his working trio featuring Phil Palombi and Shinnosuke Takahashi to re-visit tracks by Booker Little. In the true jazz tradition, the trio used these tunes as jumping off points. The resulting album, Strength and Sanity, is a call back to one of Don’s earliest recordings, but it is also a return to form for an artist whose strength and heart were a force and an inspiration throughout his incredible career. Listening to them is a reminder that Friedman, who died in 2016, was a visionary on par with the jazz prophets of his day.

The album, recorded for Newvelle Records, was part of the label’s first season of subscription-only vinyl releases. Today, we present to you a behind-the-scenes video of Friedman and his trio recording the title track for the album, which will receive special re-release as a single on April 13 for Record Store Day. JAZZIZ is proud to partner with Newvelle to offer this exclusive link to purchase the album before anyone else. As a reader of JAZZIZ, you’ll have a rare opportunity to get advance access to a classic jazz album in the making. This exclusive offer will only be available until Friday, March 29, so act now.

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