A co-op consisting of violinist Jeff Gauthier, guitarist Nels Cline, bassist Eric Von Essen and percussionist Alex Cline, Quartet Music generally played quiet but fairly free group improvisations. Its music was thoughtful yet unpredictable, moody but more accessible than one might expect. The band was active in the Los Angeles area on a part-time basis throughout the 1980's (recording two albums for Nine Winds) and occasionally in the 1990's. Eric Von Essen passed away in 1997.
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