From the notes: If we wish to get an insight into what our music-loving grandparents regarded as "the Classical style", we need look no further than these discs, representing the work of the modern world's first great Franco-Belgian string quartet ensemble. Here is the epitome of the wristy bowing, springy rhythm and gutty but delicate sound, with its restrained vibrato, which flourished in Brussels, Liège and Paris until the Second World War, when it began to give ground to the advance of the Russian school. By the time these precious records were made, even the Flonzaley Quartet had taken a Russian violinist to its bosom - but the essential lightness and clarity of the Franco-Belgian method survived…. The Flonzaley Quartet was a full-time group composed of four absolutely equal partners and its performances were immaculately groomed. written by Tully Potter
With the Skylark "experiment" behind him, Paul Desmond reverted back to the relaxed quartet format that suited him well in the past. The reason? Through Jim Hall, he found a little-known, splendid guitarist in Toronto named Ed Bickert who became his new gigmate in 1974, and this album was meant to show his discovery off. In fact, it sparked a Desmond renaissance where he regained a good deal of the witty spark and erudite cool of his collaborations with Hall, no matter how unfashionable it was to play this way in 1974.