"...Max Johnson imbues his Hungarian flatback with an unhinged fervor on this promising debut, a collection of six originals for piano-less quartet that filter a range of genres through a distinctly free prism. Johnson has performed with Anthony Braxton, William Parker and John Zorn, influences that are evident throughout, but he establishes his own voice, delineating parameters within a framework that eschews them..."
"..."Quartet" is one of those albums that show deep appreciation and profound understanding of free-jazz tradition. The melodies are enchanting, the playing is powerful, the improvisations are wild yet focused. This music presents balance between the elements of composed and spontaneous as well as the ones of collective and individual."
"...Track 1 entitled 'Elephant March', is as close to a perfect track as I have ever heard. It has an accessible opening jazz structure and not just one designed to get to the solos quickly. It is full of youthful abandon and it sounds like it could fall apart and moment in a good way, a very good way... Part pebble tossed in a clear pond, part tsunami but always on the verge of disaster yet still gorgeous to look at (listen to)..."