"Like the ancient Greeks before him, Bob Compton understands that by combining a visual depiction of musicians with their instruments, something profound occurs: the image vibrates like a tuning fork struck by the viewer’s memory. Thus when viewing Compton’s photographs, one feels like clicking one’s fingers or swaying to unseen rhythms. As though from far away, the strains of saxophone or muted trumpet or singing voice awakens in us the music of our past. Even more, we suddenly find ourselves immersed in the heart of the musician, which, like all great art, is as close as we can get to the act of creation."

-- Richard Bixler