Chris Blackford, Rubberneck, no. 26, December 1, 1997

Debut CD for this current line-up of Frith, René Lussier, Nick Didkovsky and Mark Stewart; compositions by members, plus adaptations of works by Claude Vivier and Olivia Bignardi. A repertoire showcasing the quartet’s adroit execution of sharply contrasting moods and dynamics. Strong soloistic flourishes with intricate four-part writing. The title-track by Lussier is a treat—delicate and aggressive by turns. Tops, though, is Freedom Is Your Friends II meditative enough to be called ‘sacred music’.

The title-track by Lussier is a treat — delicate and aggressive by turns.