Paris Transatlantic, January 1, 2000

Despite the soft-rock-style cover shot of Lori gazing sheepishly downwards, and the handwritten (on fluo yellow!) track listing which (deliberately?) blurs the distinction between what is improvised and what is composed, ‘Huskless!’ is a tough but highly rewarding and well-recorded album of excellent contemporary clarinet playing. Featured composers include Claudio Ambrosini, Paul Steenhuisen, and Mike Lowenstern (himself a fine clarinettist), and, apart from Ms. Freedman’s outstanding virtuosity, special mention should be made of pianist Marilyn Lerner on ‘eFeFeF’. Recommended.