JACK Of All Time Signatures, MASTER Of Music; Dave Brubeck

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There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play which is dangerously where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before.”
Dave Brubeck

When I was 16 years old, my band director took our band class to Massey Hall to see The Dave Brubeck Quartet. What I observed on that day, is with me to this day.

His attitude, the band’s musicianship AND rhythm section interaction became and, still is, ingrained in my musical psyche. We have never met but, he was, unbeknownst to him, my main musical mentor.

Through the years I have been delighted and inspired by his many collaborations and experiments. His humility, nonpartisan views and sincerity will be treasured forever in my philosophical, social and musical meanderings.

All the above seemed to spread and influence any “at the moment” musicians assembled and certainly the famous quartet; the audience of course getting the full benefit.

Through the years I have arranged, played and absorbed so much of his music that I feel like an old friend. To name a favourite would be impossible; so I will post what my emotions dictate at the time of this writing.

Rest well Mr. Brubeck; you will certainly be missed. You will always remain in my thoughts, hopes and emotions.

This makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!

Dave Brubeck – piano ; Paul Desmond – alto saxophone; Norman Bates – bass
Joe Dodge – drums

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