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Dan Freedman, composer and pianist “…defines the living edge of jazz piano harmony!”

Review of Art Attack - Kelly O'Neil

“Jazz music traverses multitudes of circuits and thus possesses a broad spectrum of aficionados. People who like music like some form of jazz, whether it is the fast-paced, ear-splitting bebop, to the cool, groovin’ Latin jazz, to the easy-listening smooth jazz. Dan Freedman is an expert at many styles and knows his way around the keyboard. With his incredible talents, one ponders as to why he did not pursue his musical career sooner.

Art Attack, Freedman’s debut, is a delight. He embraces every tune and makes it his own, making the quick runs sound effortless and the slow ethereal pieces timeless. Two juxtaposing covers that display such attributes are the familiar “Chopsticks” and the Beatles’ “Michelle.” The melody is quasi-distinguishable in snippets but it is more of a friendly reminder as opposed to an aural scavenger hunt. Freedman takes his piano virtuosity to another level in the piano duet “Sweet Georgia Brown.” Since he is playing both overlaying tracks there is no competition between the parts in terms of tone and rhythm. Instead, both parts intertwine with amazing fluidity. The tempo seems to teeter on the edge of losing control due to the busy running eighth notes but this slight fault can easily be remedied as Freedman continues his musical journey with a busy year of touring and completing two new albums.

In addition to his tasteful use of bass and drums in a few choice covers, Freedman excels at carrying the melody himself as evident in the masterful rendering of Bill Evans’ “Very Early” and Freedman’s original songs. “Laughing Child” is a simpler piece in terms of its listenability to those who grow weary of intricate scalar work. This tune is easily accessible and could be expanded upon with any number of instrumental variations. It also plays extremely well as a solo piece when played with stellar musicality as is Freedman’s forte. His other solo work is a fun quirky number for marimba entitled “Lives At Stake.” It is such a deviance from the rest of the album and yet also fits in nicely as an amusing kicker to a collection of well crafted and finely executed pieces. Freedman’s chops are impressive and the jazz world should anxiously be awaiting more cunning music from this talented pianist.”

-Kelly O’Neil