David Charles & David Friedman – Junkyard (1992)

CharlesFriedmanFrontCover1Vibraphonist and marimba player David Friedman has recorded and played extensively since the early ’70s. He studied drums in the mid-’50s, and marimba and xylophone in the ’60s. Friedman attended Juilliard, with major emphasis on percussion.

He was also tutored by Teddy Charles and Hall Overton. Friedman played with the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera in the ’60s, then worked with Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Joe Chambers, Hubert Laws, and Horacee Arnold in the ’70s. After touring and participating in Ludwig Drum Company workshops with Dave Samuels, Friedman and Samuels formed the Mallet Duo in 1975 and co-led the quartet Double Image from 1977 to 1980.

DavidFriedmanFriedman recorded with Daniel Humair in 1979 and Chet Baker in 1982. He was an instructor at New York’s Manhattan School of Music and Montreux’s Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in the mid-’70s. (by billboard.com)

Here´s a rare recording hed did with David Charles (not to be confused with the Britsh drummer David Charles) in the early Nineties.

The camaraderie of the two lead musicians is evident throughout the recording with tightly woven, delicately balanced songs that soothe and inspire the listener to visit the “Junkyard” for modern jazz in the 90’s.


Ellen Bernfeld (vocals)
David Charles (synthesizer, percussion, drum programming)
Clint DeGanon (drums)
Mitchel Forman (piano)
David Friedman (synthesizer, vibraphone, marimba)
Peter Grant (cymbals)
Chuck Loeb (guitar)
Lisa Lombardo (vocals)
Tyler Morris (vocals)
David Tofani (flute)
Peter Valentine (background vocals)
Georg “Jojje” Wadenius (guitar)


01. Junkyard (Charles/Friedman) 6.05
02. Truth In Love (Charles/Lombardo) 4.18
03. Nick & Nora (Charles) 6.11
04. Rain (Charles/Lombardo) 5.20
05. Cape Town (Charles/Friedman) 6.04
06. Skylime (Friedman) 3.59
07. African Angel (Charles/Cohen) 5.57
08. Ibrahim (Friedman) 4.48
09. Waterdragon (Charles) 6.25
10. Panoma (Charles/Friedman) 5.00