The David Friesen compositions are all gorgeous, rich and accessible, each tune more beautiful than the first and absolutely wonderful soloing and ensemble play at its highest level. JM/Jazz Clubscene
Everything the trio plays is colored with a pronounced individuality. The harmonic depth, intense rhythm and subtle interaction they employ mesmerizes an audience. D. Ramsey/Downbeat, Jazz Times
David Friesen: Bass
It’s been said of David Friesen that He does for the art of bass playing what Pythagoras did for the triangles. Patrick Hinely/Jazz Times
David Friesen has recorded over 70 CD's as a leader/ co-leader and appeared as a sideman or featured artist on more than 100 recordings. He has performed and/ or recorded with many of the great names and legends of jazz including: Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, Michael Brecker, Bud Shank, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Joe Venuti, Mal Waldron, Jaki Byard, Kenny Drew Sr., Chick Corea, Milt Jackson, Slim Gaillard, John Scofield, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Paul Motian, Jack Dejohnette, Airto Moreira, and many others. He has performed in concert as a soloist (Friesen is one of two or three bassists in the world that is able to play a solo concert and keep an audience riveted) and with his own groups throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Turkey, Poland, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Chile, China, Russia, Lithuania and the Ukraine.
In a recent 2006 jazz bass poll, David Friesen was listed as one of the 20 most influential bass players in the history of jazz.
In 1997 he was nominated for the best jazz bassist in the American Jazz Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Friesen was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame at the first induction ceremony Sept. 2007
Bassist David Friesen is a phenomenon, a player whose musicianship, tone, time and imagination are uncategorizable. Nat Hentoff
Greg Goebel: Piano
A young musician with talent to make larger waves. Goebel’s solos rich with complexities and harmonic surprises earns sustained applause from the audience. Doug Ramsey/Rifftides
Born in Oregon, Greg began piano lessons at the age of four. Though improvising and composing music from an early age, it wasn’t until high school that he became seriously interested in jazz and improvisation. Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University Of Oregon School Of Music where he studied composition and improvisation with Gary Versace, Randy Porter and Steve Owen.
Throughout his high school and college careers, Greg has received numerous awards for excellence in musicianship and composition. Upon graduation he received the University’s award for Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Music. The University said of his achievements, “[he] has personally done more to elevate the performance level of our jazz students than any other person, graduate or undergraduate, who has attended the U of O in at least the last fifteen years”. Greg has been recognized in Down Beat magazine with an award for Outstanding Original Composition. He has consistently been given top honors at music festivals including, most recently, Best Overall College Performer and three times Best Overall College Pianist at the Reno International Jazz Festival.
Greg lives in Portland, OR playing and recording with a variety of world class jazz musicians. He travels nationwide, internationally and teaches privately.
Charlie Doggett: Drums
Doggett, a drummer of imagination and curiosity, propels each tune with cunningness and unrelenting swing. John Barron/All About Jazz.com
Charlie Doggett, drummer/percussionist/composer, is one of the most enigmatic drummers in the Portland and the greater Northwest music scene.
He has earned a BA in Music from the University of Oregon, where he studied with Charles Dowd and Gary Versace. He has performed with a long list of stellar artists including, Charles McPherson, John Gross, Javon Jackson, Ralph Bowen, David Friesen, Glen Moore, Ben Wolfe, Nancy King, David Frishberg, Darrell Grant, Poncho Sanchez, and Titos Sompa. He has appeared at such festivals as, British Columbia’s du Maurier International Jazz Festival, the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Alberta, Canada, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival, the Ballard Jazz Festival, and the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz. His performances have been featured on Branford Marsalis’ NPR Jazz Set Program, the WB's prime time show "Jack & Jill" and the title track for the movie "Kat and Allison".