Without David Murray, the World Saxophone Quartet isn’t quite the same. However, when James Carter (pictured) sits in for the otherwise engaged tenor saxophonist, one can expect an equal amount of energy and unhinged excitement in the music. And that’s exactly what occurred when a cross-generational lineup of the Quartet took over a narrow street on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
The group’s appearance made up one part (or two, if their sets are counted separately) of an event presented by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, a grassroots nonprofit that provides a sanctuary to literary writers exiled under the threat of death, imprisonment or persecution in their native countries. For two years, they select a writer and provide him or her with a house, living stipend and medical benefits, allowing the writer to continue working while transitioning to a permanent exile.