Eric Friedlander's new project includes Doug Wamble on slide guitar, Trevor Dunn on bass, and Michael Sarin on drums. I figured Eric and Doug were collaborating when I saw Eric at Doug's last Jazz Standard show. I was very excited when I saw that.
They gave me complete validation of that excitement. This was fabulous. Eric wanted to do something with the slide and cello. He suspects they are the 2 instruments closest to the human voice. I'm glad he chose to not have any actual human voice. Although a little Doug Wamble vocals certainly wouldn't be a bad thing.
It was soulful, stellar, and spectacular. The CD is awesome. I hope this band plays around for a while.
Oh and as an aside, Eric told us to look around because Joe's Pub is about to undergo a big renovation. I'm going to have faith it they will have a similar feel because so much of us like it that way. Who knows, though.
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