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Dave Frishberg Classics

  • 1. Blizzard of Lies
    2. Van Lingle Mungo
    3. Saratoga Hunch - (bonus track)
    4. Do You Miss New York?
    5. Slappin' the Cakes on Me
    6. Sweet Kentucky Ham
    7. Useless Waltz
    8. Dodger Blue - (bonus track)
    9. My Attorney Bernie
    10. Marilyn Monroe
    11. Little Taste, A - (bonus track)
    12. Our Love Rolls On
    13. You Are There
    14. My Swan Song
    15. Listen Here - (bonus track)
    16. I'm Hip
    17. Z's
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4462

  • Credits
    ProducerBill Goodwin; Chris Fichera
    EngineerChris Fichera

    CLASSICS is a specially selected compilation of two previously issued LPs: THE DAVE FRISHBERG SONGBOOK VOL. 1 (1981) and THE DAVE FRISHBERG SONGBOOK VOL. 2 (1983).
    Personnel: Dave Frishberg (vocals, piano); Steve Gilmore (bass); Bill Goodwin (drums).
    Recorded at Mountain Sound, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania in April 1981, December 1982 & March 1983. Includes liner notes by Dave Frishberg.
    Though there are other song-oriented pianist-jazzmen, Dave Frishberg's highly crafted, highly sardonic songs are unique. A quintessential Easterner (though significantly not a Manhattanite), Frishberg is even drier than Mose Allison, but always humorous though he can be oddly wistful at times ("Do You Miss New York?" "Sweet Kentucky Ham"). He is also a fabulously prodigious pianist, less eccentric than his colleague Bob Dorough, and more fully fleshed-out than the minimalist Mose.
    CLASSICS is the CD combination of two previously released Songbook LPs, and includes his classic "My Attorney Bernie" and the beatnik put-on "I"m Hip" (co-written with Dorough). And with his best songs all in one place, Frishberg's songcraft provides a telling contrast with another sardonicist, Randy Newman, which might also be the difference between popular music and jazz. For all his ironies, Randy Newman's work comes from the heart of the nation, even the politically angry HARPS & ANGELS. By comparison, Frishberg always remains the jazzman, an outsider looking in, no matter how much he loves baseball or Marilyn Monroe.

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