Osclaypso - CD SKPST021

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Osclaypso - CD SKPST021

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Osclaypso - CD SKPST021

  • Erik Friedlander, cello
  • Michael Blake, saxophones
  • Trevor Dunn, bass
  • MIchael Sarin, drums

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“How long you been trying to do that jazz cello thing?”

 

..a much younger Erik Friedlander was asked after a concert.  It was a troubling question that neatly described Friedlander’s personal quest to develop a voice for himself and his instrument and the larger struggle of all cellists who improvise:  Where does the cello fit into jazz and can it even belong in that storied tradition?

 

“When you are an improvising cellist there is not so much history to contemplate and learn from.  It’s like we’re on a desert island.” Friedlander says. Saxophone players or guitar players have a crowd of players to measure themselves against, while cellists have Fred Katz, Abdul Wadud and more recent players like Hank Roberts and Ernst Reijseger -- there are others, but it’s a short list.  

 

Friedlander has been doing that jazz cello thing on New York’s Downtown music scene since the 1990s. He has worked to stake out new territory for himself and his instrument but has never recorded a project of cover tunes before.  OSCALYPSO is a celebration of the music of bassist Oscar Pettiford who according to Friedlander was innovative on the cello too.  “When I look to history for a role model, it’s Pettiford. ” says Friedlander, “Pettiford played the cello with such swing and melody. He was the first to lead a band from behind the cello. And he wrote original tunes, some of which are now classics. Pettiford had a special feel for the instrument -- he even named his son Cello! He’s always been a hero of mine.”


OSCALYPSO features 9 original Pettiford tunes. “I love the elegance of Pettiford’s lines. He’s such a savvy and joyful composer,” Friedlander explained, “I know he had some rough times with alcohol, and he could be bitter, but his writing is buoyant, even sweet. You can’t help but smile when you play.”  The record has some of Pettiford’s most familiar compositions, like Bohemia After Dark and Tricotism as well as less well known tracks like Cable Car and Cello Again. Joining Friedlander on OSCALYPSO is Trevor Dunn on bass, Michael Sarin on drums, and saxophonist Michael Blake.  

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Recorded at East Side Sound by Scott Solter
Mixed by Scott Solter
Mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen Mastering
Design by Vanessa No Heart
Photos by Rachel Stern

Personnel:  Erik Friedlander, cello; Michael Blake, saxophone; Trevor Dunn, bass; Michael Sarin, drums

 

  1. BOHEMIA AFTER DARK 5:57

  2. OSCALYPSO  6:04

  3. CELLO AGAIN  4:06

  4. TWO LITTLE PEARLS  5:35

  5. PENDULUM AT FALCON'S LAIR  4:46

  6. TRICOTISM  4:21

  7. TAMALPAIS LOVE SONG  5:33

  8. CABLE CAR  3:31

  9. SUNRISE SUNSET  4:23