Allan Pimentel reviews

“A WITTY AND AND PERCEPTIVE PERCUSSIONIST

John Wasserman, San Francisco Chronicle 1966 (Review of Jeannie Hoffman Trio @ Gatsby’s, Sausilito California.

DAVID FRIESEN IS JUSTLY RENOWNED FOR HIS SOLO-BASS WORK, BUT HIS GIG FEATURED A TRIO, COMPLETED BY PIANIST TOM PILLING AND DRUMMER ALLAN PIMENTEL.

FRIESEN HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A NEW AGE PLAYER FOND OF “DREAMIER CLIMES”, AND THERE WERE HINTS OF ETHEREAL CONTEMPLATION IN HIS SETS, BUT IMPROVISATIONAL JAZZ LIES AT THE HEART OF HIS MUSIC, AND THERE WAS EVEN A SLOW-BUILDING BLUES-BASED PIECE IN HIS FIRST SET THAT DREW (POLITE) WHOOPS OF APPROVAL FROM THE STANDING CUSTOMERS.

IT WAS THE BAND’S SUBTLE , FEATHER-LIGHT INTERACTION THAT REALLY IMPRESSED, THOUGH, PIMENTEL’S DELICATE BRUSHWORK A PARTICULAR HIGHLIGHT, AND PILLING’S SINGING LYRICISM WELL SERVED BY THE CLUB’S STEINWAY. FRIESEN, TOO, CONTRIBUTED SOME STUNNING SOLOS, HIS USE OF HARMONICS PARTICULARLY EFFECTIVE; OVERALL, THIS WAS AN OUTSTANDING GIG, LISTENED TO IN ALMOST REVERENTIAL SILENCE BY A GOOD-SIZED (FOR A MONDAY) AUDIENCE.

Review – David Friesen @ Vortex/London 2006

“A WALKING HISTORY BOOK OF JAZZ DRUMMING IN AMERICA FROM 1950 – 1980″

BBC Radio 1 1991

“THANK YOU! THIS MUSIC HELPED ME BREAK MY WRITER’S BLOCK”!

Leonard Bernstein. Composer/Conductor to Allan after a performance by Meridian West at Glide memorial Church, San Francisco.

“HE BREATHED LIFE AND HOPE INTO A ROOM FULL OF STRANGERS”

Comment by Anne Galloway at Allan’s last concert with his Trio.