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Cup O' Joe

by Joe Friedman

Soulful straight ahead jazz guitar at its finest. Joe Friedman is a guiatarist influenced by George Benson, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and other jazz super guitarists
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pure Imagination
5:04 $0.99
2. Bolivar Blues
6:52 $0.99
3. A Darker Shade of Rose
8:02 $0.99
4. Cup O' Joe
4:44 $0.99
5. My Romance
5:39 $0.99
6. Who's That Lady
6:12 $0.99
7. Round Midnight
3:41 $0.99
8. Myna Bird Blues
3:02 $0.99
9. Stairway to the Stars
6:13 $0.99
10. Blowin The Blues Away
6:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Long ago an American musical crossroads where jazz became a bluesy mix of funk and soul, St. Louis has inspired more than its fair share of musical innovators. A melting pot of styles, guitarists as influential and diverse as Chuck Berry and Grant Green have called the "Gateway City" home. Cup O' Joe is the debut offering from Joe Friedman, the latest guitarist to bring that city's sound to bear in his own unique way. Produced by drummer Neal Smith for his Nas Music label, Friedman has created a multi-textural portrait out of equal parts guitar wizardry and expressively soulful moods."

- Elliot Simon, All About Jazz

Cup O' Joe features:
Joe Friedman - guitar
George Colligan - Piano
Peter Washington - Bass
Neal Smith - Drums
Renato Thoms - Percussion



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Great CD!
This is an awesome CD!

John Book, Music For America

A jazz guitarist who needs to be heard by everyone
Can you take a sip of yourself without the sugar high? According to guitar Joe Friedman, you can do this very well as he states with his well-titled album, Cup O' Joe (NAS Music). The entire album has a nice live feel to it, and in fact it sounds as if it was recorded in a nice nightclub with the kind of ambience and resonance that makes these type of albums great.

Friedman plays with power and strength, although relies more on technicality than volume, subtle but effective. The interaction between the band (Peter Washington-bass; Neal Smith-drums; George Colligan-piano; Renato Thoms-percussion) comes off as someone who knows the inner workings of Charles Mingus, and it sounds like they not only enjoy playing, but playing with each other. The rhythm section of Washington and Smith has to be heard to believed, and when Colligan carries himself in and out of the tracks, it makes you realize that all of these guys could be leaders. Friedman however shines throughout, and when Colligan may add an extra fill, as he does in their cover of The Isley Brothers' "Who's That Lazy", Friedman is there to respond in kind. He also gets to respond in kind to one of his influences with his take of George Benson's "Myna Bird Blues". The title track has the band going for it with a Latin tinge with brief hits of funk, and Friedman's performance here is a scorcher. Just when you think he's going to play a few more bars he lets go and Colligan fills the void. Just when you think Colligan could carry on for another minute or so, he too opens up briefly, which gets Friedman ready to get back into it. I have to say it again, the rhythm section: damn.

The live feel was captured beautifully by engineer Katherine Miller, with everything mixed evenly and well to where you can almost imagine Friedman and the band being there in your living room. Perhaps the reason why the rhythm section sounds so great is that drummer Smith produced the album. Everything about this album is good, no complaints at all. Get this guy on the road, a tour package, some festivals, anything.


Awsome CD!
Wonderful jazz for everyone! I got one for me and one for a friend. Should be in everyone's collection!


Wonderful debut from a very talented jazz guitarist. You won't be disappointed!!!

ina sachar

sensual, playful, relaxing, engaging, sophisticated, emerging
i had so few distracting thoughts as i listened to this cd...then wondering what created and allowed this "dropping of the guard"...no dissonance..."i'm in the music and the music is in me"...just like In The Night Kitchen...so many moods so complex yet so materfully done...