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Friestedt, Peter - 2008 LA Project II

ARTIST: Friestedt, Peter
ALBUM: L.A Project II
LABEL: Zink Music
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: Peter Friestedt - guitar, keyboards * Joseph Williams, Bill Champlin, Michael Ruff - vocals * Randy Goodrum, Lou Pardini, Bill Cantos - vocals, keyboards * Stefan Gunnarsson - vocals, keyboards, bass, guitar * Ingemar Aberg - keyboards * Tommy Denander - guitar, bass * Abraham Laboriel - bass * John Robinson, Tris Imboden - drums * Tobias Marberger - strings, percussion * Wojtec Goral - saxophone, flute * Magnus Johansson - trumpet, flugel horn * Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Stefan Gunnarsson, Henrik Rongedal, Anders Ojebo, Kristoffer Lagerstrom, Olivia Ruff - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Where To Touch You * 02 Cheyenne * 03 One More Night * 04 There Ain't Nothin (Wings Of Joyful Thinking) * 05 Love Is Gonna Getcha * 06 Closer To Home * 07 Always On My Mind * 08 Love Is A Powerful Thing * 09 Careless Mockingbird * 10 Waiting For You



We've seen a few interesting West Coast releases of late, which suggests to me that the sub-genre is alive and well in good ol' 2008. Adding his name to the recent crop of albums playing this style is guitarist Peter Friestedt. His latest album 'L.A Project II' has been out in the market for some months now, and we're only just getting around to it. Peter, being Swedish, can thank a label in his homeland - Zink Music, for releasing this album. The label have delivered some real goodies over the last year or so.. including last years fab EP by CC Rock. An all-star cast has been assembled, refer the names above, all well known in the WC scene. As you can tell from the album title, this is Part II of the 'L.A Project', with Part I being released six years earlier in 2002. Just prior to his debut release, Friestedt spent a few years studying music at the Los Angeles Music Academy, the contacts he made there went some way toward linking with many of the players who play on this record.

The Songs
'Where To Touch You' commences the album in style, with Joseph Williams and Bill Champlin working together. This track is perhaps the most AOR of all the tracks here.

Champlin takes the lead on 'Cheyenne' a typically inspired piece with blues, jazz, R&B and WC all rolled into one.

Joseph returns to sing on 'One More Night', this one sounds the closest to Toto, from their 'Seventh One' era, a nice tune indeed.

Bill Cantos performs the funky 'There Ain't Nothin' (Wings Of Joyful Thinkin'). This one's got a bit of everything, and sounds more like a jam session is going on!

Lou Pardini is the voice on the 'Love Is Gonna Getcha', an urban jazz/WC crossover, which sounds great to these ears.. sort of like Doobie Brothers circa 'Minute By Minute'.

Peter offers up an instrumental 'Closer To Home' which will appeal greatly to Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour followers.

Fans of Swedish outfit West Of Sunset will find something familiar with 'Always On My Mind', a nice modern production with Stefan Gunnarsson lending his pipes.

'Love Is A Powerful Thing' etches out a resemblance to an R&B/gospel track, with a funky arrangement to boot. This one features Michael Ruff, who sounds uncannily like Peter Mayer.

'Careless Mockingbird' is a lovely mellow piece featuring Randy Goodrum. If you've heard his solo albums you know how cruisy Randy can be. it's the same here.

The last tune is the delicious acoustic instrumental 'Waiting For You', which wades knee high into the same territory that Peter Mayer and his band PM achieved.

In Summary
There are some gorgeous songs here, much of it is low key, late nite fare, while the upbeat tracks are very funky, with jazz and R&B tinges. A stellar cast always helps things, but Friestedt's instrumental tracks shouldn't be ignored either, as they are superb. I'd love to see him do something similar to Larry Carlton, as I feel stylistically his guitar playing is a natural fit. We'll wait and see what happens in the interesting future of Peter Friestedt.

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