Seize the Day
Michael Friedman is a widely respected bassist, composer and educator. He has been captivating audiences with his bass playing for years. He is a powerful, energetic artist who is capable of going in a variety of musical directions. 'His bass playing is as in the pocket as it gets. Michael is a bitchen bassist,' wrote Jonathan Widran of the Los Angeles Jazz Scene. 'A Colorado mainstay,' wrote Bret Saunders of the Denver Post & KBCO Radio. Michael has become one of the brightest performers on the contemporary jazz/R & B scene. A native of Denver, Michael's career began when he was voted best instrumental student of his senior high school class and selected for several all-city and all-state music honors. He continued to earn accolades from Downbeat Magazine and the International Association of Jazz Educators. By then, his path as a professional musician was set. His talent and eminent musical skills led him to a scholarship at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where he studied under James Carroll, principal bass player of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Michael is known as a former player and co-founder of the successful smooth jazz group, Dotsero. Michael entertained audiences with Dotsero throughout America for 20 years. Michael is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the American Federation of Musicians, The Denver Musicians Association and the Colorado Music Association. Friedman's style for writing and playing songs can best be described as a strong blend of jazz, pop and funk. He has performed with various artists at the Catalina Island Jazz Festival, Cancun Jazz Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Winter Park Jazz Festival. Michael also has performed his solo rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Major League sporting events. He has further expanded his repertoire by producing children's classic tunes with a variety of jazz styles. This resulted in the creation of Swingset Jazz, a CD inspired by his son whose face is featured on the cover of the recording. This album has received accolades from Parents' Choice and Westword's Best of Denver. Michael's latest CD is Seize The Day - a collection of ten heartfelt, sensual, funky, smooth jazz originals. Friedman has conducted educational workshops that have encouraged young people to excel in the arts. He also has lent his talents to many community organizations including the United Way, St. Anthony Health Foundation, Bonfils Blood Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Denver Children's Hospital, the Children's Museum of Denver and the Denver School of the Arts. Seeing Friedman play bass is not to be missed. The excitement he generates, full of passion and power of his musical artistry, is exceptional. His energy is infectious. For Michael Friedman, the future is very bright indeed. Visit FriedmanMusic.com SEIZE THE DAY Michael's latest CD is the culmination of nearly 25 years as a bassist, composer, and producer. Friedman's melodious writing style is infectious. These catchy, hummable tunes will stick in your head. 'I wanted to create something that was meaningful and pleasing. I'd like to think that good songwriting always endures,' said Friedman. There is a positive feeling throughout the recording. The CD is co-produced by Robert Johnson, another music veteran who also makes a guest appearance with his voice. The CD opens with authority - the colorful, funk laiden 'Winds of Change' is a hypnotic blend of bass and drums with smooth sax and guitar out front. Other highlights are: The pulsating, danceable 'Ooga Booga'; The superb, haunting groove of 'Now and Then' is an exquisite blend of Friedman melody and harmony, beautifully interpreted with warm, open and muted cornet; 'Santorini' is a bouncy selection with a pronounced latin beat; The ballad 'Ready or Not' boasts lush jazzy tenor and soprano sax over an easy going groove; Jabberwocky brings the funk with muted cornet and guitar leading the way; Vocals shine on the hard driving, pop gospel tune 'This is the Year'; The sensual 'Right Place, Right Time' intertwines piano and alto sax melodies with a gorgeous acoustic guitar solo. This disc is a tour de force.