DOUBLE IMAGE – the ground-breaking vibe/marimba duo consisting of DAVE SAMUELS & DAVID FRIEDMAN – celebrates more than forty years of performing together. It was 1974 when these two masters of mallet percussion first created the unique combination of vibraphone and marimba. What emerged was a totally new sound and approach that has set a new standard for mallet percussionists everywhere.
Their recordings – Double Image (1977), Dawn (1979), In Lands I Never Saw (1986), Open Hand (1994), Duotones (1997), and Double Image: Live in Concert, Moment to Moment (2006) – have received critical acclaim: Friedmanʼs and Samuelsʼ performances have been described as “spellbinding.” Double Image performs music which spans many styles, from jazz standards and original compositions to through-composed pieces and spontaneous improvisations. The duo has performed at five PASICs (1979, 1982, 1993, 1997, and 2006) as well as solo appearances and with other groups.
As individuals, Friedman and Samuels have played and recorded with the elite in both jazz, classical and popular music. As ambassadors of mallet keyboard percussion, they have been sharing their unique abilities with other percussionists through masterclasses, workshops and publications.
David Friedman, internationally renowned vibraphonist, marimbist, composer and jazz educator, has his own musical message, born of fascinatingly diverse musical influences. Few jazz musicians can claim as broad a spectrum of performing and recording experience, ranging from Leonard Bernstein and Luciano Berio, to Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter and Yoko Ono. Friedman has also been heard either live or on recordings with Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Johnny Griffin, Jane Ira Bloom, Ron Carter and John Scofield. His compositions can be heard on Chet Bakerʼs award-winning Enja release Peace, with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Joe Chambers.
Friedmanʼs 1986 recording Shades of Change, with pianist Gerry Allen, bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Ronnie Burrage, was voted by Downbeat magazine “...one of the yearʼs best 20.” Friedmanʼs trio playing with drummer Daniel Humair and bassist J.F. Jenny-Clarke, documented in their 1992 live release Ternaire, showcases modern, interactive jazz improvisation, ranging from an aggressive, driving swing to tender lyricism. Recent collaborations include Tambour (with Hungarian guitarist Férenc Snetberger) in 2005 and Retro (with saxophonist Peter Weniger) in 2010. Last September, Friedman premiered Leah Muir’s concerto for improvised vibraphone and orchestra “By the Reflecting Pool” with the Bruckner Symphony Orchestra.
Friedman continues his 40-plus year partnership with Dave Samuels as the ground-breaking mallet duo Double Image. Their first recording, Double Image, was nominated for a German “Grammy” and was re-released in a special edition.
As a leader in percussion and jazz education, David Friedman founded the Jazz department at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany in 1989 and served as its head for 16 years. As Professor of Jazz Studies, he is also the author of Mirror From Another, a collection of pedagogical etudes for the vibraphone, and the classic Vibraphone Technique, Dampening and Pedaling.
Dave Samuels has established himself as the top mallet player of his generation. He is recognized for his fresh new sound and creative approach to both the vibraphone and marimba. Samuels has demonstrated his versatility and gained world wide recognition by performing and recording with a broad scope of artists ranging from Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Carla Bley and Pat Metheny to the Yellowjackets, Bruce Hornsby, Frank Zappa, The Fantasy Band and Spyro Gyra.
Since 1993, Samuels has been performing and recording with his group The Caribbean Jazz Project whose 2008 CD Afro Bop Alliance won a Latin Grammy award. Previous CDs Birds of a Feather and Here and Now - Live in Concert were nominated for “Best Latin Jazz Recording,” an honor the group received three years in a row. Their previous release The Gathering won that category at the 2003 Grammy Awards. Some of his other recording projects include Remembrances, a percussion recording that features a commissioned marimba concerto for chamber orchestra and soloist composed by Jeff Beal, and Duotones, a recording celebrating twenty years of performance with Double Image – the original vibraphone and marimba duo with Samuels and David Friedman. Their most recent release was Double Image Live in Concert - Moment to Moment recorded in 2006.
Samuelsʼ longtime association with Spyro Gyra lasted from 1977 to 1994 and includes 20 recordings. During that time, the Grammy-nominated group was named “#1 Contemporary Jazz Artist” and “Contemporary Jazz Group of the ‘80s” by Billboard magazine.
In addition to his playing, Samuels is a respected educator and author and some of his new works can be found at MalletWorks.com and JazzBooks.com. Samuels has been voted “Best Vibes Player” in both Jazziz and Modern Drummer magazines. He also served five terms as a member of the PAS Board of Directors (1989-1993, 2005-2011).
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