Artemisia reviews


"★★★★...The rubato of “La Fee Verte” is a good example of Throw A Glass’ ethereal nature: quiet, ready to pounce, only to remain dreamy, hypnotic, an open place where (with Smith’s occasional probes) cello and Mark Helias’ bass sing together.” - Downbeat 

"Focused and intense, with titles like “The Devil Made Liquid” and “Drop by Drop,” it perfectly captures the “moment of clarity” one often has while under the influence.” - JazzTimes 

"Friedlander, the go-to cellist for contemporary jazz ensembles, doffs his hat to Oscar Pettiford, the venerated bebop bassist who brought the cello into the jazz spotlight. But Friedlander isn’t ignoring the œuvre of Britney Spears, June Carter Cash, or Hildegard von Bingen—not to mention focussed group improvisation—during this well-deserved residency.” - The New Yorker 

“[the cello’s] darkly sonorous tone buoys the album’s pervasive sense of mystery and menace.” - Jazziz 

“brilliant improvising cellist” - WBGO 

"As a cellist, Erik Friedlander is immediately well positioned to stretch and blur the sounds of a typical jazz ensemble...With the help of Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on bass and Ches Smith on drums, Mr. Friedlander craftily conjures something like intoxication and euphoria…” The New York Times