David Liebman, tenor saxophone; Blue Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone; Rick Dimuzio, tenor saxophone; John Hollenbeck, drums, percussion, autoharp, laughter samples; Theo Bleckmann, voice; Ben Monder, guitar; Ray Anderson, David Taylor, Tim Sessions, trombones
While drummer/composer John Hollenbeck chose to title his debut recording No Images, what becomes clear quickly is that there is indeed a visual analogue to every piece on the album. In some cases the images are specific and concrete; in others they're more impressionistic and subject to interpretation. One could even posit a visual counterpart for the two sets of completely abstract miniatures. But one of the most remarkable things about the disc—a long overdue documentation of one of New York's most impressive contemporary musical artists (and best kept secrets)—is the sheer range and diversity of compositional strategies he employs to evoke his gallery of unseen imagery.
This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available as a burn-on-demand CD (CD-R) or download in MP3/320, FLAC or WAV formats. CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included. Full liner notes are accessible via the link above.