With every bass note plucked, Bob Bowen (Mr. “B”) seems to add weight to already heavy eyelids. His bass notes slip in and out of the spaces and dark sound from Matt Wilson’s kit (Mr. “M”). Wilson saves his high-energy antics for his own quartet and here keeps a subtle hand. Ohad Talmor (Mr. “O”), the saxophonist behind The Other Quartet, wends his dry, Konitzlike tenor through the group’s drowsy, lyrical compositions with deadpan humor and an affecting plain spokenness. His dynamics begin at triple pianissimo and rarely range above mezzo forte and he seldom loses himself in thickets of notes.
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