With the same signature blend of intelligence and whimsy heard on his innovative 2004 solo recording, American Vanity (CNM 003), and The Blueprint Project with Han Bennink's well-received 2007 release, People I Like (CNM 008), Boston-based guitarist/composer Eric Hofbauer's newest ensemble, The Infrared Band, explores his intermingling interests in wordplay, mythology and puzzles. The quartet released its debut CD, Myth Understanding (CNM 011) on June 17th, 2008.
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I’ve always had a weakness for records that combine conceptual hi-jinks with
sensusous sounds — records that hit both head and body — records that are
complete musical experiences. On Myth Understanding Eric
and his Infrared Band offer just that. This record is rewarding on every
—Michael Coyle, Cadence
...a lithe, smart quartet...It’s great stuff, and Hofbauer’s definitely found the
right voices for his brand of avant-postbop.
—Nathan Turk, Signal to Noise
Boston-based guitarist Eric Hofbauer is no hellacious chopsmeister, but his
edgy, outsider aesthetic informs this intriguingly original music