Wonderfully rich sounds from composer/
arranger David Sanford
– a tribute to the late Lester Bowie, of Art Ensemble fame – presented here with
some trumpet contributions from Hugh Ragin
, who does a might good job of stepping into Lester's mighty large shadow! Yet Ragin
is only one of a number of strong soloists here – in a lineup that also includes work from Ted Levine on alto, Jim Messbauer and Mike Christianson on trombone, Ana Webber and Geoff Vidal on tenor, and Dave Fabris on guitar – just a handful of the musicians who step out and provide their own voices amidst the darkly-shaded pieces in the set, which work together to provide a sonic tapestry that seems to take us from Bowie's early years, to his time in the AACM, to some of his better-known projects of later years too. Titles include "Soldier & The CEO", "V Reel", "Popit", "Woman In Shadows", "Subtraf", and "Full Immersion".