Interpretations of Lessness (1998) cover

Interpretations of Lessness (1998)


Andy Laster’s Lessness:

  • Andy Laster – baritone saxophone
  • Erik Friedlander – cello
  • Kenny Wollesen – drums
  • Cuong Vu - trumpet


A chamber-jazz suite inspired by Samuel Beckett's short prose work. Laster establishes a richly appealing sound world, catching something of Beckett's rhythms, colors, sadness, and obtuse, oddly-vaudevillian humor. 20-bit recording.


Samuel Beckett’s “Lessness,” with its deceptively random language and succinct ebb tie wistfulness, was the inspiration for the newest band by Andy Laster, a saxophonist doubling on alto and baritone, who writes a sort of cleanly mapped, salon-style music for jazz improvisers. A recent CD of the quartet, “Interpretations of Lessness”… is one of the recent gems of the downtown improvising scene.

-Ben Ratliff, The New York Times