The title, Motive #9 Soothing Dream, may be a key. The music, performed by a quartet featuring Mark Sherman on vibraphone, has a relaxed sensibility. The quartet performs ably and ambles around and around, like an amiable conversation outside on the back deck with old reliable friends sitting on Andirondack chairs sipping on iced tea on a breezy, sunny summer afternoon. Nothing heavy. Nothing somber. Just a gathering that is soothing and enjoyable. And, the music, with its reliance on the vibraphone, has a lazy, dream-like feel that lets one drift in and out of consciousness.
So, you drift along with the music, sitting in that chair, wondering whether these friends exist or are a figment of a ripe imagination and you ponder just what happened to Motives #2, #5 and #6? Who offed these Motives. who's next and why?