|Tags:||jazz double bass bass|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Official Homepage Wikipedia|
6 May 1942, Tacoma, Washington, USA. As a child, Friesen played ukulele, accordion and guitar, working as a semi-professional on the latter instrument at the age of 16. Three years later, while serving with the US army in Europe, he began playing bass. In France, he sat in with musicians such as Johnny Griffin and Art Taylor, and in Denmark with drummer Dick Berk and he also encountered Ted Curson. Back home in the north-western corner of the USA, he played with established artists such as John Handy, Marian McPartland and Joe Henderson and also with contemporaries Larry Coryell and Randy Brecker. In the 70s, he toured Europe with Billy Harper and this was followed by engagements, in some cases including recording sessions, with George Adams, Mose Allison, Kenny Drew, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Dannie Richmond and Sam Rivers. He attracted considerable attention while touring with Curson, in whose group he was extensively featured, including an appearance at the...