You may never have heard of Jeff
Friedman, but these top artists have: Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Joe Henderson,
Steve Lacy, Randy Weston, Gerry Mulligan, Jack Bruce, Eric Mingus, Max Roach,
J.J. Johnson and Karl Berger.
Why? As a composer, arranger, and
orchestrator, Jeff has worked with these music greats and many others.
Now for the first time Jeff steps
out from behind the scenes with a new record of original compositions,
featuring his individualistic guitar playing.
Slo & Lo reflects the sum of
Jeff's 25 years as a professional musician. With the harmonic sophistication of
jazz, the biting directness of urban blues and the raw energy of rock, the
music becomes its own idiom, a kind of "blues noir."
Jeff conceived the music to
feature the strengths of four long-time collaborators, each a seasoned veteran
and artist in his own right. Joe Mulholland is a bandleader and first-call
keyboardist on the busy Boston scene; bassist Michael Farquharson has been
nominated for multiple Junos (Canada's Grammy) for his own albums; drummer Andy
Plaisted's creativity and versatility are near-legendary; Eric Mingus is
internationally active as a singer, bassist and poet.
"Smart people get the blues
too. Jeff Friedman has put together an album at once bright and dark, book
smart and dirt dumb (in the very best sense of the word). This certainly took
careful, crafty preparation, and then willingness to throw caution to the wind
when it came to the playing. SLO & LO took a good while to appear; Jeff's
reluctance to rush onto disc is to be admired at a time when countless CDs blow
through the marketplace. Patience is rewarded; the music tells a touching story
with grace and style."
-Steve Swallow and Carla Bley