Faber & Freedman: Recorded Adventures; When You Say You Love Me

Mike Freedman & Arnold Faber: Through Thick & Thin! Photo: Henry Faber

The Recorded Adventures Of Faber & Freedman is a musical snapshot of the wanderings of Arnold Faber & Mike Freedman. Each tune was carefully chosen, crafted and sincerely performed with passion, sentiment and an insatiable sense of adventure.

Featured Track: When You Say You Love Me (Mike Freedman)

My Thoughts: Ballads scare me. They are so special and have to be treated in such a way that the story connects; the snore factor, because of the tempo, can become a serious issue. When Mike Freedman (guitar) presented his tune for the recording, I fell in love with it and we really brought it to life. In this session, the words meld into a blue tinge as Simone Morris (vocal) paints the whole picture while Mike Pelletier (bass) almost laments between his solo and foundation function. Mike Freedman (guitar) propels the tune forward with his chordal treatment as I float in and out to create breathing…

I love this tune!

Faber & Freedman: Recorded Adventures; Mamblues

Mike Freedman & Arnold Faber: Through Thick & Thin! Photo: Henry Faber

The Recorded Adventures Of Faber & Freedman is a musical snapshot of the wanderings of Arnold Faber & Mike Freedman. Each tune was carefully chosen, crafted and sincerely performed with passion, sentiment and an insatiable sense of adventure.

Featured Track: Mamblues (Cal Tjader)

My Thoughts: I love the jamming quality of this particular cut; everyone gets in on the action! Mike Freedman (guitar) and I get to have a dialogue together and separately; even though Mike Pelletier (bass) is holding down the fort, he too gets a chance in the sunshine.

Cal Tjader is a huge with me! I have loved his work since his Dave Brubeck days. So much so that, I always feel that he is standing beside me when I play this tune. A feeling that I look forward to whenever I play this tune…

Faber & Freedman: Recorded Adventures; Occasional Man

Mike Freedman & Arnold Faber: Through Thick & Thin! Photo: Henry Faber

The Recorded Adventures Of Faber & Freedman is a musical snapshot of the wanderings of Arnold Faber & Mike Freedman. Each tune was carefully chosen, crafted and sincerely performed with passion, sentiment and an insatiable sense of adventure.

Featured Track: Occasional Man (Blare/Martin)

My Thoughts:  Simone Morris (vocal) offers up her island with a wink and a beckoning finger! She vocalizes a wonderful picture supported by Mike Freedman‘s (guitar) groovin’ guitar rhythms and Mike Pelletier (bass) hypnotic electric fretless. The “Gold Monster” and I just float over the entire proceedings enjoying the view from the beach!

I’ve wanted to bring this tune to life for years; I love the energy, attitude and performance of our version!

Faber & Freedman: Recorded Adventures; Pacin’

Mike Freedman & Arnold Faber: Through Thick & Thin! Photo: Henry Faber

The Recorded Adventures Of Faber & Freedman is a musical snapshot of the wanderings of Arnold Faber & Mike Freedman. Each tune was carefully chosen, crafted and sincerely performed with passion, sentiment and an insatiable sense of adventure.

Featured Track: Pacin’ (Arnold Faber)

My Thoughts: Just listen to Mike Pelletier (bass) dig in on that beautiful fretless electric! It hurts so good! Mike Freedman (guitar) comps a beautiful rhythm part to a melody that basically wrote itself; allowing me to weave in and out of a really good time… Funky, memorable and just a little devious would sum up my feelings on this one!

Faber & Freedman: Recorded Adventures; Popsicle Toes

Mike Freedman & Arnold Faber: Through Thick & Thin! Photo: Henry Faber

The Recorded Adventures Of Faber & Freedman is a musical snapshot of the wanderings of Arnold Faber & Mike Freedman. Each tune was carefully chosen, crafted and sincerely performed with passion, sentiment and an insatiable sense of adventure.

Featured Track: Popsicle Toes (Michael Franks)

My Thoughts: Mike Freedman (guitar) came up to me in the session and suggested that we put a kind of country edge on the verses; I thought it was a great idea! As you can hear, it really works because it creates this really nice contrast to the “jazz” flavoured choruses. Mike Pelletier (bass) smoothes, fills and grooves us while Simone Morris (vocal) gives it her saucy best! Me, I tried to connect the dots with the “Gold Monster”.

In this case, zany meets cool!

Faber & Freedman: Recorded Adventures; Sunday At The Hillcrest

Mike Freedman & Arnold Faber: Through Thick & Thin! Photo: Henry Faber

The Recorded Adventures Of Faber & Freedman is a musical snapshot of the wanderings of Arnold Faber & Mike Freedman. Each tune was carefully chosen, crafted and sincerely performed with passion, sentiment and an insatiable sense of adventure.

Featured Track: Sunday At The Hillcrest (Charlie Haden)

My Thoughts: Crafting an intro with a vibraphone ostinato, no bass, under the guitar playing the melody, was something Mike Freedman (guitar) and I came up with when we were playing clubs as a duo; we actually didn’t have a bass so, I had to make sure the harmonic motion was covered in such a way that the tune moved along musically. When Mike Pelletier (bass) swings in hard for the head, we are DEFINITELY off and running!

I wanted to change the harmony for my solo slightly as a bit of a fresh approach; instead of just playing over the harmony from the head. It really added to the arrangement. I feel we really paid apt homage to Charlie Haden with this offering; straight from the heart.

From Charlie Haden Himself:

Thrilling To Get Kudos From Charlie Haden

Thrilling To Get Kudos From Charlie Haden

Faber & Freedman: Recorded Adventures; Peel Me A Grape

Mike Freedman & Arnold Faber: Through Thick & Thin! Photo: Henry Faber

The Recorded Adventures Of Faber & Freedman is a musical snapshot of the wanderings of Arnold Faber & Mike Freedman. Each tune was carefully chosen, crafted and sincerely performed with passion, sentiment and an insatiable sense of adventure.

Featured Track: Peel Me A Grape (David Frishberg)

My Thoughts: I am always into stretching the function of the vibraphone in a rhythm section arrangement. So, boldly going where very few have gone before, I decided to do an intro AND the first verse with just vibes and voice. Boldly because first off, it’s not easy for a vocalist to sing over just vibraphone, because of it’s transparent nature, no bottom end. Simone Morris definitely rose to the occasion! Sultry, sexy and with such conviction, she tells us what to do!

When the bass and guitar come in, wowwy zowwy, what a gorgeous contrast; love it. Mike Freedman does a beautiful solo and we build right to the end. A special treatment for a jewel of a standard.