This CD is an homage to the guitar. I have always enjoyed the guitar as an accompanist, because of it's simplicity and tonal space, but also it's capacity to produce complex harmonies. To me, the sound of the single string is the sound of the human spirit. The title track "Open Strings" utilizes the open strings as a melodic phrase, and opens with an improvised cadenza, wonderfully expressed by guitarist Bruce Edwards. I have also collaborated with my husband, tenor saxophonist John Philpott on three of the tracks: "The Day After" "Lullaby of the Leaves" and a Joe Henderson tune, "Step Lightly". Fred Weidenhammer, electric and accoustic bass, and Stephen Little, drums round out the rhythm section. "Cherokee" is the culmination of many performances together over the last couple of years. "Checking Out at the Inn" reflects my experiences on the road as a traveling musician. Performing in a different town every night produces a sense of time dislocation: yesterday seems like last week and last week feels like a month ago. "Bop Number 4" is an improvisation based on a theme by Brahms. Mark Katsaounis is the percussionist (djembe, caxixi, frikywa, ankle bells) for "O Grande Amor", "Open Strings" and "Viva La Vida". In these tracks I am adding a world music sound to the CD. My arrangement of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" explores popular music in a jazz context. Libby Richman Bronx, NY January 2010 Composer, saxophonist Libby Richman leads an ensemble that plays original contemporary jazz. Her sound echoes many influences including Classical, Latin, and Pop music. She is a Meet the Composer grant recipient. "Open Strings" is her third CD.