|This CD by the incredible NY 'cellist is his most exciting and beautiful yet. Featuring Andy Laster on saxophones, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, this CD features many fine Friedlander compositions and takes you on an exciting journey from the popular music of India to the Downtown scene.
“…a heady mix of avant gard jazz and mid eastern rhythms blended with a modern classical feel. Throughout, Friedlander soars, as the exquisite sonority of his instrument along with his exceptional compositional skills unfold.” – Elliott Simon, All About Jazz – New York
"Friedlander has quickly established himself as a potential innovator, playing with the ease and swing of a wind instrument player. Even more importantly, he has brought a cutting edge, imaginative sensibility to his music, refusing to be restricted by the blues and standards of much straight-ahead jazz." - Don Heckman, The Los Angeles Times
"Apparently Erik Friedlander doesn't feel challenged by the thought of being the best cellist in jazz. Instead, he seems to focus on participating in the most interesting projects he can find...Friedlander is a bandleader to watch." - Bill Bennett, JazzTimes