Drummer, Percussionist and Composer Daniel Freedman's 2016 release 'Imagine That" on the Anzic label has received rave reviews.
The record features Lionel Loueke, Jason Lindner, Omer Avital, Gimar Gomes as well as a guest appearance by Angelique Kidjo.
DownBeat Magazine gave "Imagine That" 5 Stars, made it an editors pick and called it a “masterpiece" saying
“In recent years, drummer Daniel Freedman has quietly, almost surreptitiously, become a primal force, creating a kind of people’s music built on rustling folk rhythms, ethnic melodies and joyous performances. Imagine That is an offering of Freedman’s creativity and intellect, expressed by musicians that share his mission. From first note to last, the album emanates from the heart and captivates the mind, body and soul.
TSF Jazz says: “With one foot firmly planted in jazz and the other in world music, drummer Daniel Freedman synthesizes two vast universes."
Modern Drummer Magazine said Imagine That is “another benchmark for this enlightened and exceptionally musical drummer"
All About Jazz says “ He isn't nearly as well- known as he should be at this point, due in no small part to the fact that his sideman duties take up much of his time, but with each successive release under his own name he furthers his reputation as one of the most open-minded drummer-leaders on record"
JazzTimes made Imagine That an editors pick and said “ Most of these musicians have worked together and what seems disparate on paper becomes the town square in their hands"
World Music Report says “Daniel Freedman is a master of polyrhythms. It is no wonder that he can relate so organically to African rhythms. This is something truly wondrous."
BandCamp chose it as one of the best release thus far of 2016 and said “Even if he chose to make his stand solely on the way he's able to merge multiple polyrhythmic streams into a single sound, drummer Daniel Freedman would be making an awfully stromg statement. But that he utilizes concise, catchy melodies to transform that rhythmic flow into a series of dancing, lightharted songs is why his new release, Imagine That, is one of the best things to hit jazz in 2016."
Daniel toured for 5 years with Grammy winning singer Angelique Kidjo's. He has played and recorded with many artists such as Sting, Youssou N'Dour, Dianne Reeves, Omara Portuondo, Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis, Meshell Ndegeocello and many more. Daniel came up in the Smalls scene of the 1990's and during that time was a member of Jason Lindner's acclaimed bigband and as well as Omer Avital's sextet.
Daniel is a co-leader of acclaimed band Third World Love with Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and Yonatan Avishai, and tours frequently with clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen's band.
As founder of NY based music house HiHAt.tv, he has written and produced dozens of spots for television and the web.
Daniel's record “Bamako By Bus" was released in April 2012 on the Anzic Record label. It features the core band of Avishai Cohen, Lionel Loueke, Jason Lindner and Meshell N'degeocello as well as Mark Turner, Pedro Martinez, Abraham Rodriguez, Omer Avital, Joshua Levitt and Davi Viera
His record "Trio" (2002) with Jason Lindner and Omer Avital and guests Myron Walden and Joshua Levitt on the Fresh Sound label received nine stars in Modern Drummer Magazine and he was featured in the same magazine in the article "Jazz Lions".
Daniel was selected as one of five drummers who is changing jazz drumming for the New York Times article “Propelled by Different Drummers".