Strength and Sanity
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Don Friedman - Piano
Phil Palombi - Bass
Shinnosuke Takahashi - Drums
The legendary pianist Don Friedman passed away in 2016, the same year he recorded Strength and Sanity. Don was was a brilliant, humble, spirited and compassionate person. We are enormously grateful that he recorded this project.
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 close to flawless technique, a burnished, round and beautiful sound, and a purely modern conception. Although not canonical works, these two albums are known to the initiated as diamonds, and have stood for 56 years as testament of Booker's genius. They did no less than point to entire new worlds of harmonic and emotional possibility in American music—and both featured the young pianist Don Friedman.
In 2016, Don brought his working trio (one he referred to as his favorite trio that he ever worked with) 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. This record is a call back to one of Don's earliest recordings, but it is also a testament to an artist whose strength and heart were a force and an inspiration throughout his incredible career.