Ballade In C-sharp Minor – Don Friedman
This beautiful, passionate ballad is an early version of Don's later composition Minor Ballade. As the title implies, it stays in one key rather than modulating like Minor Ballade does.
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- Recording: Don Friedman - Flashback
- Recorded on: May 16, 1963
- Label: Riverside (RLP 463)
- Concert Key: C-sharp minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Piano - Don Friedman
- Bass - Dick Kniss
- Drums - Dick Berk
"Flashback" was Don Friedman's third Riverside album as a leader. This was the first studio recording of both bassist Dick Kniss and drummer Dick Berk. Kniss later played with tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose, while Berk's next recording was on tenor saxophonist Bill Barron's album "Now Hear This." Don's 1964 album "Dreams And Explorations" features Kniss and Berk with guitarist Attila Zoller.
May 4, 1935 – June 30, 2016
Don Friedman was only four years old, living in San Francisco, when he started playing his parents' piano. A year later, he started lessons with a private teacher. His love for jazz music was born when he moved to L.A. and heard the likes of Les Brown and Lee Konitz for the first time. Read more...