One of the most in-demand drummers in New York –
tapped by Angélique Kidjo, Sting and Anat Cohen – Daniel Freedman presents his third album as a leader, the
rhythmically infectious Imagine That. The release draws
on a world of music: tune-rich originals that channel
African, Middle Eastern, Latin and Indian grooves, as well
as an astoundingly fresh version of a rarely covered Radiohead song (“Codex”).
Freedman, born and bred in New York City, leads an international quintet that features guitarist-vocalist Lionel Loueke (from Benin), keyboardist Jason Lindner (Brooklyn), bassist Omer Avital (Israel) and percussionist Gilmar Gomes (Brazil). Benin-born vocal star Angélique Kidjo, with whom Freedman has toured the world as drummer in her band, sings “Baby Aya,” a dancing lullaby he wrote for his infant daughter. Imagine That is the follow-up to Freedman’s 2012 Anzic album, Bamako by Bus, which garnered his band a showcase live on NPR.
released April 15, 2016
Lionel Loueke - Guitar and Vocals
Jason Lindner -Piano and Keyboards
Omer Avital - Bass and Oud (3)
Gilmar Gomes - Percussion
Daniel Freedman - Drums
Angélique Kidjo - Vocals (2)
This album has just the right amount of polish. Younger's harp paying is always a delight to listen to and her band all give excellent performances. Only problem is how short it is. Can't wait for more. Daniel Brown
Moving jazz forward in novel way, an innovative way. The creative juices are in full swing as Linda and the band of first rate musicians, including pianist and label owner, Fabian Almazan perform to their heart's delight giving the listener something special they can savor. The Biopholia is also an incredible work of art and worth having as a nice collector's item. Rob O.
I really can not express why I love this as much as I do. It is out-of-reach for a guy like me and hard to explain the feelings that I feel when I listen to it. The first McCraven album I bought a couple weeks ago, I played it twice, just 2 tracks at a time... It's making me humble because it feels bigger than me, and careful because I don't know where it is taking me. And all of that, is the definition of art. At least, for me it is.... PlayItLoud!