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Erik Friedlander: Oscalypso

Erik Friedlander first honored Oscar Pettiford in 2008 with Broken Arm Trio, a collection of originals inspired by Pettiford’s rediscovery of the cello after his busted wing became an obstacle to performing on the larger bass. Oscalypso goes a step further by exploring nine Pettiford compositions, and it is Friedlander’s first-ever record of cover songs. … Read More “Erik Friedlander: Oscalypso”

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Erik Friedlander: Nighthawks

For all the devastation left in its wake, Hurricane Sandy fortunately didn’t leave New York City a total wasteland. But given the metropolis’ usual vibrant bustle, it certainly must have felt that way as residents abandoned their homes and power outages left the streets quiet and dark. That feeling is reflected on the second CD … Read More “Erik Friedlander: Nighthawks”

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Erik Friedlander: Bonebridge

Cellist Erik Friedlander brings more than just unique instrumentation to his album Bonebridge. Although the freshness of a cello, guitar, bass and drums collective hooks the ear immediately, it is Friedlander’s compositional skills and his gifted band that keeps the interest going throughout. Overall, the tunes are stylistically multidimensional — the atmospherics of progressive jazz, … Read More “Erik Friedlander: Bonebridge”

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Erik Friedlander: 50 Miniatures for Improvising Quintet

Jewish philosophy, religious belief and mathematics buttress this startling CD, a collection spanning tune, snippet, melody and outburst. Inspired by the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it consists of seven groups of seven pieces, capped by a standalone. It is best listened to as a whole, as it resists casual sampling, and its shape … Read More “Erik Friedlander: 50 Miniatures for Improvising Quintet”

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