David Friesen

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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. He has also played with Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Garrett, Dizzy Gillespie and Mal Waldron.

His sister is the actress Dyan Cannon.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Through the Listening Glass David Friesen & John Stowell 2
1991 Inner Voices David Friesen 1
1993 Upon the Swing David Friesen 1
1993 Amber Skies David Friesen 1
1994 Jonah's Journey Steven Halpern & David Friesen 1
1994 Ancient Kings David Friesen, Airto Moreira & Gary Barone 1
1996 Facing the Wind David Friesen & Leszek Możdżer 1
1999 Old Folks Kenny Garrett / John Scofield / Michael Brecker / David Friesen 2
Concord Duo Series, Volume Eight Denny Zeitlin & David Friesen 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Live at the Jazz Bakery Denny Zeitlin & David Friesen 1

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