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Prowl

Label: Cryptogramophone
Released: 2006
Track listing: Howling Circle; Anhinga; Prowl; Chanting; 7th Sister; Rain Bearers; A Dangerous Game; A close Walk With Thee; Najime.

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Erik Friedlander: Prowl

Read "Prowl" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Giunto al compimento del decimo anno di vita, il quartetto Topaz del violoncellista Erik Friedlander raggiunge un risultato di grande maturità e di straordinaria forza espressiva con questo nuovo disco - il loro quarto - Prowl, giocato su una ispiratissima sintesi tra le consuete tensioni urbane, alcune suggestioni da oriente che non sono estranee a gran ...

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Erik Friedlander: Prowl

Read "Prowl" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The seeds for Topaz were sown in 1996 when Erik Friedlander was scoring the dances for his wife, Lynn Shapiro's New York show, which he later performed with Andy Laster and Stomu Takeishi. There was enough empathy between them to inspire Friedlander to write some new tunes. But there was something missing: they needed more rhythmic ...

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Erik Friedlander: Prowl

Read "Prowl" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

One of the most highly regarded cellists in today's creative improvised music scene, Erik Friedlander has been integral to projects led by saxophonist John Zorn, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and a host of others. But his prolific yield as a sideman has at times overshadowed his own work. Prowl, a testament to Friedlander's talents as a composer ...

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Erik Friedlander: Prowl

Read "Prowl" reviewed by John Kelman

While cellist Erik Friedlander's last release with his Topaz quartet, Quake (Cryptogramophone, 2003), was a more cosmopolitan affair, Prowl is more localized. Emphasizing African rhythms, largely from percussionist Satoshi Takeishi's unusual hybrid of traditional drums and assorted percussion esoterica, this may be Topaz's most focused release to date. That's not to say there isn't plenty of ...

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Erik Friedlander: Prowl

Read "Prowl" reviewed by Troy Collins

With its African-inspired cover art and concentration on indigenous polyrhythms, Prowl presents cellist Erik Friedlander's Topaz quartet taking a virtual trip to the dark continent for a set of rhythmic excursions that are as adventurous as they are accessible. While the ensemble's Middle Eastern modality is still firmly in place, the group has opened itself up ...


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