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Quartet Noir: Lugano

If you’re at all familiar with the past work of the musicians who make up Quartet Noir (Marilyn Crispell, piano; Joelle Leandre, bass; Urs Leimgruber, saxes; Fritz Hauser, drums), you can probably draw a pretty accurate mental picture of how this sounds: lots of “plinks” and “ploinks,” extended techniques, unusual timbres, and a prevailing air of “new music” hoity-toityness that draws more from European-derived art music than it does jazz. Fortunately, I love European-derived, “new music” hoity-toityness–maybe not as much as I love American-derived free-jazz hoity-toityness, but I can dig it when it’s good.

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