Spocket - Spocket (2015)

Spocket - Spocket (2015)

“Spocket’s self-titled and first release represents the best in funk rock coming from the younger side of the Chicago jazz scene. It manages to be clean and slick without being over-produced and gimmicky. The horn players are tight as a section yet speak with pronounced individual voices when called upon to do so, and the rhythm section is a single fluid entity roiling beneath the melodies, both predetermined and improvised.”
Alex Marianyi - nextbop.com

Nonpronto - Unready (2015)

Nonpronto - Unready (2015)


Kamikazee Vigilante -  Crashtest Pilots  (2015)   

Kamikazee Vigilante - Crashtest Pilots (2015)

 

"With Crashtest Pilots, you're free to draw your own conclusions, and make up your own stories, and there's nothing to disguise the technical virtuosity of the performances, which really shine. The guitar playing is clean and precise, straying far from the traditional open chords of blues-based rock. Kamikazee Vigilante have a wide harmonic vocabulary, which allows them to summon all manner of subtle emotions. The drumming is the ace in the hole, however. A good rhythm section is what separates a merely good band from the truly great. The drums dance around the downbeats like unidentified lights in the sky, like will o' the wisps - they're everywhere, all at once, light and deft, with the promise of heaviness."
- Excerpt from review by The Equal Ground.

Fundamental -  Development  (2011)   

Fundamental - Development (2011)

 


Zack Cross Trio - Up/Under (2007)

Zack Cross Trio - Up/Under (2007)

"Cross and company are on top of their games both compositionally and improvisationally on Up Under. Playing with a maturity that goes beyond their years, this trio brings a commitment to saying something with their music to the album and delivers on that promise. This isn't just a head-blowing-head jam session, the tunes are well-written, creatively arranged and performed at the highest level, leaving the listener with the impression that these three musicians have long and successful careers ahead of them." 
 
Review by Matthew Warnock

   UNT Jazz Singers -  The Cost of Living  (2009)

 

UNT Jazz Singers - The Cost of Living (2009)