New York Free Quartet (Michael Moss, Steve Cohn, Larry Roalnd, and Chuck Fertal)

Michael Moss (tenor and soprano saxophones, flute–western and bansuri), Steve Cohn (piano, shakuhachi, Hichiriki, trombone), Larry Roland (bass, words/poetry), Chuck Fertal (drums, percussion)

Music is an art that exists only in time. Unlike painting and literature, it cannot be appreciated without the passage of time. One cannot freeze it to study it. You cannot stand in front of a piece of music and examine every detail for as long as you want, at least not the actual sound element of music. A music score is not music; it is merely a visual representation of how to play a written piece. Therefore, one must enter into a time continuum to experience music, whether it be completely notated/composed music or completely improvised music, as is practiced by the New York Free Quartet.

Why the preamble? Merely to point out that the time taken to create this music is the exact amount of time it will take to hear it. One must enter into a contract with this type of music. Is the time worth it? Absolutely. Consider all the reasons why that is true.

Sensitive listeners attuned to creatively improvised music don’t need to be told that this is an exceptional quartet who has delivered a superb collection of music with “Promotional Copy.” For those who may be coming to this music for the first time, I can only express envy. This experience is like no other.

Carl Baugher January 2017

Monk Meets East Meets West                         11:20  https://www.soundcloud.com/stream

On Their Shoulders                                           13:19  https://www.soundcloud.com/stream

24-8 Aren’t We All?                                            6:03  https://www.soundcloud.com/stream

Fun Key                                                                 5:25  https://www.soundcloud.com/stream

In Between Gigs…Can You Dig?                    12:30  https://www.soundcloud.com/stream

Spirits Here And Not Hear                              8:00  https://www.soundcloud.com/stream

Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/MossCohnRolandFertal/

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