Erik Friedlander: Ink





Broken Arm Trio (Skipstone Records)

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Erik Friedlander (cello),

Trevor Dunn (bass), Mike Sarin (drums)


Composed by Erik Friedlander


Recorded: January 24-25, 2008


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

"Ink," in contrast to other, short frenetic tracks on Broken Arm Trio such as "Jim Zipper," lumbers along at a leisurely strut with a blues-like melody. But even on this straight-ahead, slower number, Friedlander is never short on ideas. With his cello tuned higher than a bass and played pizzicato (plucked), Friedlander effectively harmonizes Sarin's bassline, taking the high notes while Sarin goes low. When Sarin performs his syncopated solo, the leader comps, and when the two switch roles, Friedlander goes wild as he's apt to do, only in slow-motion. "Ink" is a lazy tune in attitude only; the musicianship behind it belies its laid-back demeanor.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron

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