A night in New York City followed by one in Baltimore and another in Washington, D.C. -- it is all captured here as you trace the development of this unusual quartet on one of their mini-tours. Two cellos and two saxes are not your usual jazz quartet, but this group is anything but the norm, and the music is not exactly jazz either. Sure, the group engages in scratch and sniff, but with musicians of the caliber of saxophonists Jack Wright and Bhob Rainey and cellists Fred Lonberg-Holm and Bob Marsh, anything can happen -- and does. This is free improvisation with a big "F" -- the sort that is really free, with no melodies and each set an entirely new experience. Paradoxically, these sorts of collaborations are mostly successful when the players are highly disciplined virtuosi, as these four are. What is most striking is how different each of these four sets is. The results reflect the venue, the moods of the players, the audiences, and the unknown x-factor, all of which contribute to three entirely different sets of improvisations. Surprises abound, and while one wishes that this could have been double its short length, it is still a compelling slice of the quartet's live performances -- a sometimes thrilling, others exasperating experience.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Loewy