The Visibility of Thought

The Visibility of Thought
Studio album by Muhal Richard Abrams
Released 2001
Recorded August & December 2000
Genre Contemporary classical music
Length 72:15
Label Mutable Music
Producer Muhal Richard Abrams
Muhal Richard Abrams chronology
The Open Air Meeting
The Visibility of Thought

The Visibility of Thought is an album of contemporary classical compositions by Muhal Richard Abrams performed by various ensembles which was released on the Mutable Music label in 2001. The album features performances by Abrams, Jon Deak, Joseph Kubera, Mark Feldman, Thomas Buckner, the ETHEL String Quartet and Phillip Bush.


The Allmusic review by Fran├žois Couture states "Abrams' writing is not without its moments, but it is unlikely that it will overshadow his recognition as a free jazz pianist".[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars stating "This is a curious record, not because it 'isn't jazz' but because it seems to touch too many sylistic dimensions at once".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[2]

Track listing

All compositions by Muhal Richard Abrams

  1. "Duet for Contrabass and Piano" - 6:01
  2. "Duet for Violin and Piano" - 10:01
  3. "Baritone Voice and String Quartet" - 10:38
  4. "Piano Duet #1" - 10:48
  5. "The Visibility of Thought" - 5:14
  6. "Piano Improvisation" - 29:05



  1. 1 2 Couture, F. Allmusic Review accessed 16 September 2009
  2. 1 2 Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.
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