Records are often made by musicians who don’t work together as a band, with tunes frequently penned at the last minute. But the band that rehearses and performs together gives the music a chance to grow richer in detail, more subtle, more expresive, and more grooving.

Such a band is the Laurent Coq Quartet, heard here in their debut recording.Coq’s compositions and arrangements are unusually rich in shifting grooves, odd-time signatures and metric modulations, evocative melodies, striking harmonies, and many creative uses of form. His playing on this recording shares the imagination and resourcefulness of his composing.

Bruce Barth

All tunes written by Laurent Coq and published by Sacem
except (4) by Wood/Mellin, (7) by G.Fargos / J.Baker / R.Bard, (9) by Dietz/Schwartz
Artistic Producer : Bruce Barth
Recorded at Systems Two, Brooklyn NY, on 25th & 26th Feb. 1997 by David Baker, assisted by Ed Reed
Editing and Mastering Katherine Miller at Current Sounds
Photo R.Andrew Lepley
Produced by Laurent Coq

  • Laurent Coq piano
  • Jean-Christophe Béney tenor saxophone
  • Jules Bikôkô bi Njami bass
  • Daniel Garcia Bruno drums


An ambitious music (…) the haute-couture way: grand art.
Domi Truffandier Jazz Hot

Remarkable first album! (…) a subtle music filled with urban energy and harmonic and rhythmic fineness.
Thierry Quenum Jazz Magazine

Piano player Laurent Coq has it all..
Nova Magazine

These guys got me !
Franck Bergerot Jazzman

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