Jazz Report Magazine wrote of Volume I, "From downbeat to the very last fading note, the performances are uniformly breathtaking." Jazz Times said, "The level of interpretation is very high throughout. The soloists are interesting and sometimes arresting and the level of group interaction is consistently engrossing." Volume II of The Music of Eric von Essen features the same stellar linup as Volume I including: Alex Cline, Nels Cline, Alan Broadbent, Peter Erskine, Larry Koonse, Alan Pasqua, Stacy Rowles and many others. A worthy tribute to the late composer and bassist.