Favorite

Local CD Review: Roger Friedman 

Going My Way?

Roger Friedman

(self-released)

rogerfriedman.com

Pianist Roger Friedman's Going My Way? is a fine, sparkling jazz album, attesting to Friedman's affection for Brazilian music, the Great American Songbook and songwriting itself. The originals are the keepers, particularly the sweeping, complex "Love Is All We Know," the effervescent "Cinque Stelle" and "The Funkifier," a robust plunge into soul. Friedman's technique, always subordinate to the music, is astonishing but never self-indulgent, spanning the limpid lines of "7Notemode," the abstract, urgent "One for the Man" and the intricate, layered tropes of "Some Bluesy Thing."

Friedman is as comfortable with the conceptual as the sentimental, evidence of his command of jazz fundamentals (he studied with legendary bop pianist Ray Santisi at Boston's Berklee College of Music) and his ability to transcend influence. Credit also goes to his band: bassists Kip Reed (electric) and Marty Greenberg (acoustic), and drummer Matt Perko. They stretch the music, lending it pop and power and suggesting each should make a solo album. Perko, in particular, is explosive — yet, like Friedman, not self-indulgent. The tunes sequence well, their layers richening with each listen. Going My Way? isn't a question. It's an affirmative step in the jazz direction. — Carlo Wolff

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Wade Oval Wednesdays (Music Around Town)

    • Wednesdays. Continues through Aug. 30
  • Bash on the Banks! Beer, Bacon and Bourbon @ Jacobs Pavilion

    • Sat., July 22
  • The Mike Polk Jr. Show Live @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Tue., July 25

© 2017 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation