Freedom, spirituality and timing. This is what it's all about for the new quartet of tenor saxophonist Yuri Honing. According to Honing, we shouldn't look at jazz as a type of music; it's also a language that is open to intriguing encounters with other musical influences. Classical music, Arabic sounds, electronic sounds - they're all very welcome during his concerts and on his CDs. The quartet he performs with today, could very well be considered an all-star formation. Pianist Wolfert Brederode has just recorded an album with ECM, and bassist Ruben Samama (winner of the Deloitte Jazz Award in 2010) and drummer Joost Lijbaart are part of the select group of Dutch jazz musicians receiving international attention. Dutch magazine Jazzism rated Honing's quartet as having given the best concert in the Bimhuis last year. It should also be noted that there's a pianist in the lineup; for ten years Honing performed without the accompaniment of this instrument.