Bass player Clark Sommers contributes two original compositions for the recording. "Time Window," is a sensitive and pensive sounding ballad evoking thoughts of loss and melancholy, that includes some interesting percussion effects by drummer Greg Wyser-Pratte using what sounds like mallets on his drums along with shimmering cymbal sounds behind the melody of Cray’s piano. In contrast, Sommers’ other original "The Simpleton" is much more of a piece emoting sentimentality and remembrance again enhanced by the tasteful drumming of Wyser-Pratte. The original penned by leader Cray, the title track "No One," is an easy swinging medium tempo piece. Cray’s composition is full of echoes of the music of Thelonious Monk, however Cray’s approach to the piano is still more closely akin to the delicate touch of Bill Evans rather than the heavier splayed finger accents of Monk.
Other tunes on the CD include two of Monk’s compositions, a machine-like driving "Epistrophy" and a somewhat less definitely rhythmically centered "In Walked Bud." In both cases Cray and his band mates provide a fresh reading and a new spin on these jazz classics. Also, the trio’s rendition of Dizzy Gillespie’s "Woody N’ You" holds firmly to the tradition of bebop at first, then during improvisation shows us whole another way to go. "For All We Know" provides another very pretty tune and Horace Parlan’s "Wadin" gives the CD a little soul. No One by Dan Cray is a recording full of interesting twists that delight the listener, and also some very high level musicianship and artistry. It is a recording that would be a delight to most any listener and certainly a welcome addition to any jazz aficionado’s collection.