All compositions by Carla Bley, Alrac Music BMI except Ida Lupino (Carla Bley and Terry Adams, Syndicore/Alrac/farnsley Music BMI)), Figfoot (Paul Bley, Pablo Music & Syndicore Music BMI), Crossroads (Ornette Coleman, ESP-Disk' Music BMI) and Cartoon (Annette Peacock, Pablo Music BMI).
Recorded NYC, December 12, 1965. Produced by Paul Bley at RLA Studios in New York City. Engineered by Richard L. Alderson. Original art direction by Jay Dillon. Digital remastering by Michael D. Anderson.
"...a wonderful, poetic anomaly. In an era where velocity and raw story-telling were required currency, Closer had a lyrical, Haiku-like simplicity — recalling the Japanese poet Basho’s line 'something like a hidden glimmering.' […] In Bley’s hands the freedom of jazz manifests itself in the negotiating of borders and edges, between skittering, conversational interplay, serene space and the heart-strained melodic intimacy on the part of his band mates " – Matt Fleeger, The New Thing, KMHD-FM
"The interplay between these three is startling in how tightly woven they are melodically and harmonically." - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
"In the final analysis, however, it is his vision that propels the music forward. He fills it with vigor and dynamism, with space and lyricism; nothing is out of focus, every challenge is within his grasp. His eloquence is shaped by his ability to balance silence with sound, as well as his penchant for, and skill with, unusual phrasing." - Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz
Ida Lupino was chosen as NPR's Song of the Day - October 15th, 2008