The Don Friedman Trio – A Day in the City (Full Album)

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A Day in the City (subtitled Six Jazz Variations on a Theme) is the debut album by pianist Don Friedman recorded in 1961 and released on the Riverside label.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
For his debut as a leader, pianist Don Friedman (in a trio with bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Joe Hunt) performed six variations on a theme taken from an old folk song, “The Minstrel Boy.” Called “Dawn,” “Midday,” “Rush Hour,” “Sunset,” “Early Evening,” and “Night,” these six jazz variations on a theme are often quite abstract and not as picturesque as one would think considering their titles. However, Friedman’s playing (which shows the strong influence of modern classical music, particularly in its chords) rewards repeated listenings (

Track listing:

All compositions by Don Friedman

1. “Dawn” 6:01
2. “Midday” 5:45
3. “Rush Hour” 6:41
4. “Sunset” 5:44
5. “Early Evening” 4:09
6. “Night” 7:56

Don Friedman – piano
Chuck Israels – bass
Joe Hunt – drums


Released: 1961
Recorded: June 12, 1961
New York City
Length: 36:16
Label: Riverside
RLP 384