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Title: Surge Of Silence
Perfomer: David Friedman Generations Trio
Download Format: WAV 24 bit (875,3 MB)
Genre: Acoustic Jazz
Catalog: mm 0012
Living jazz legend David Friedman is one of the most influential vibraphonists in the history of the instrument. “Thursday” is not only the first release of Friedman’s brand new Generations Trio, but also the very first release of his new label “Malletmuse Records”. The Generations Trio provides a musical example of intuitive communication and intense interaction, resulting in an audible process of music-making, which speaks directly to the listening audience. These three generations, with shooting star Tilo Weber on drums, in demand sideman Oliver Potratz on bass, and retired Jazz Professor David Friedman on vibes, develop an amazingly orchestral band sound, which is fresh and hip, while firmly rooted in the deep tradition of Jazz.
David Friedman: Vibes
Oliver Potratz: Bass
Tilo Weber: Drums
Produced by David Friedman & Tilo Weber
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Marti Jane Robertson at Jane Studio Cagliari 2023
Cover art by Schorsch Feierfeil
Liner Notes by David Friedman
Sometimes, seemingly unrelated events come together. Many years ago, when I was busy doing studio work in New York, I met the young recording engineer Marti Jane Robertson, who impressed all the heavy studio cats with her great expertise and charisma.
In the course of the following years, we had the opportunity to work on several occasions together and I was always impressed by her calm and relaxed style in the studio. As coincidence would have it, we both moved to Europe in the 80s; she to Italy and I to Berlin. We kind of lost track of each other. Marti opened a studio in Cagliari, Sardinia.
When considering where to record the new Generations Trio album, the first engineer I thought of for this project was Marti. I knew she would get along famously with Tilo and Oliver and I had a sixth sense that her personality and special skill set would bring our music to life.
The combination of good vibes (excuse the pun), good food, beautiful surroundings and warm hospitality from everyone we encountered, created the ideal four day recording adventure. The three of us felt so at home in her studio that we were able to finish recording the written compositions in the first two days. We still had two days left and they provided me the opportunity to discover not only how great Tilo and Oliver are as instrumentalists and musicians, but also how much we have collectively grown as an improvising ensemble.
The last two days we spent recording spontaneously created compositions. Although we are in fact a Trio, considering Marti’s inspiring input, it felt like a quartet experience. When listening back to the studio takes, I noticed that the music had a wide range of dynamic expression, often coming from nothing and growing into a quiet, controlled explosion. The only expression I could think of that would capture this feeling, was “surge of silence” (“Aufwallende Stille”) which I chose as a title for the album. Maybe this is all a figment of my imagination, so listen for yourself and let your ears make up your mind.