Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Why "The Puzzle?" It's very simple. Improvising is a matter of solving a puzzle... a musical challenge. A worthy composition in this context provides an idea to be worked out during the improvising process. A famous example is the "Giant Step" cycle that is "Problem Solving 101" for all contemporary musicians; another might be finding just the perfect expressive devices to translate a melody from paper to sound; or how to permutate a specific motif through several minutes of playing, etc. Yes..., jazzers are always working on completing the puzzle. - Dave Liebman
Personnel: Bobby Avey (piano, electric keyboard); David Liebman (recorder, soprano saxophone); Matt Vashlishan (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, EWI); Tony Marino (acoustic bass, electric bass); Alex Ritz (drums, frame drum).
Audio Mixer: Matt Vashlishan.
Recording information: Red Rock Recording, Saylorburg, PA (2015); Red Rock Recording, Saylorsburg, PA (2015).
Editor: Bobby Avey.
Photographers: Pat Flaherty-Kastelnik; Naoki Hayashi.
Arranger: David Liebman.