Erik Friedlander’s Broken Arm Trio at Barbes Reviewed

From the New York Times:

The cellist Erik Friedlander possesses a deep, singing tone on his instrument, and when he gives into it completely, he can be a heartbreaker. At the diminutive Brooklyn club Barbès, which he regards as a second home, his sound approaches room-size resonance, with little or no amplification, just about anytime he draws a bow across the strings.

But that was a rare and judicious indulgence in his hourlong set there on Friday night. Instead, as he does on “Broken Arm Trio” (SkipStone), his most recent album, Mr. Friedlander was playing original songs expressly designed for pizzicato. His bow was mostly unused as he plucked his way along the fingerboard. His right hand did the dexterous picking, with a spiderlike efficiency and speed.

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