4 Cuts Placed In
4 Cuts Placed In "A First Quarter", the companion piece to Solos, is the sonic result of a collaboration with artist Lawrence Weiner. As Landry remembers, I was working for Keith Sonnier at Castelli Gallery and met Lawrence. He asked can you make a video for me? So we did "To and Fro..." At some point he was working on "A First Quarter" (1973) and wanted me to do the music. I said I already have the music. He said what do you mean? I had recorded several pieces with Kurt Munkcasi and walked around the set playing the music on a boom box.
The set features one solo each by Landry and contrabassist Rusty Gilder, a duo for the tenor saxophones of Landry and Richard Peck, and an ensemble piece for Landry, Peck, Gilder, trumpeter Robert Prado, and drummer David Lee, Jr. Starting the record off is Requiem for Some, inspired by Gil Evans long, placid tones. The anchor is Lees dry cymbal attack and fancy footwork, dancing around overlapping and recombining horns, chords held just shy of splintering. 4th Register is a grainy delayed solo tenor piece, presaging Kitchen Solos from Fifteen Saxophones by several years. Piece for So was, according to Landry, a chance to give Rusty a solo. Mostly known as an ensemble bassist, Gilder bounced between Lafayette, Charlotte, and New York, leaving a slim recorded legacy. Here, he stretches out for twelve minutes and change with keen upper register detail and meaty up-tempo walk, he could have been mentioned in the same breath as players like Dave Holland and Barre Phillips. The closing Duo Vivace finds Landry and Peck sparring on tenors, the latter holding a melodic line while Landry leans into explosive glossolalia, until both become birds in flight.