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“Another strong instrumental voice (and another reason that ‘Live at Saturn Bar’ has the overtones of a Shepp ensemble) is Jeff Albert on trombone. He, too, makes a fine solo statement on the Thelonious Monkish-funkish ‘Thrift City’, followed by a drums and sousaphone interplay.

And on Strayhorn’s ‘A Flower is a Lovesome Thing,’ Albert uses his mute to ‘growl’ like trumpeter Bubber Miley, a member of Ellington’s famed ‘Jungle Band.'”

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Nice review of the Open Ears show on Hartford Courant blog

Richard Kamins | See! Hear!: Music from Here and There:

“Albert leads a Quintet featuring Tim Sullivan (alto sax), Robin Boudreaux (tenor sax), Nobu Ozaki (bass) and Dave Capello (drums) through 2 sets of blues-drenched, soul stirring music. Recorded just last week (November 7th) ast the opening concert of the Open Ears Music Series at the Blue Nile in the Crescent City, the 2 sets have separate personalities. Set 1 strikes this listener as a bluesy excursion into Ornette Coleman country. Capello’s drums really push, at times sounding like as big-band player driving the ensemble and other times when he suggest the tempo and colors with his cymbals. Most of the music flows naturally, with plenty of dynamic shading, solo time, and occasional Ellington-like ensemble harmonies. The ‘front line’ often has ‘conversations’ but never steps on each other’s musical toes.
Set 2 has more of the same interplay, with a little more ‘fire’ from the saxophonists and harder rhythms. Albert is generous with solo space so one hears plenty of Sullivan’s keening alto and Boudreaux’s rich yet gruff tenor sounds. Albert’s sound hints at ‘gutbucket’ soul, at the funky tones of Albert Mangelsdorf and Ray Anderson, and the smoother stylings of Ellington trombonist Lawrence Brown, often in the space of a single solo. He’s his own man and the music reflects his ‘universal’ taste. “

“One” Press Quotes – and other old quotes

“Jeff’s recording is fun, and funny, and as directly connected to the progressive stream of jazz as any music you’ve heard recently. Jeff gets it. The music is fresh, personal, and despite his best intentions, accessible. You’ll not only play this recording more than once, you’ll end up sampling it, which he encourages, by the way. And it sounds good too.”

John Snyder (Producer for Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, and many others)

“unreal, gorgeous, crazy, rudely alive”

David BiednyAuthor

“…an aggressive ensemble delving into the intricacies of group improvisation…”

“Albert blows with gusto, sparking the quartet with his occasional gruffness, but he
maintains an ever flowing sense of continuity and enthusiasm…”

Cadence MagazineSeptember ‘05

“Sounds terrific”

Steve SwellMusician

“Congrats on the new recording, Jeff! Nice band, you must be very happy. It’s cool to hear you digging in with some real roots- trombone over the more modern settings- it makes for an interesting blend. Keep it up!”

Josh RosemanMusician

“Trombone virtuoso Jeff Albert…is known for his ability to jump from traditional to modern music without a hitch.”

David Kunian, Gambit Weekly, May 24, 2005

“His compositions allow for an abundance of free improvisation while also embracing melodic cores and a range of rhythms.”

Geraldine Wyckoff, offbeat Magazine, July 2005

“Jeff has impressive mainstream jazz credentials and chops, but he now draws his inspiration more from the space ways than from the fake book. You should go give him a listen.”

Benjamin LyonsProducer/Writer/Music Lover

Lucky 7s – Farragut – Press

“The album benefits from the contrasting personalities of its two
main writers. Bishop’s pieces…[are] long and multi-segmented;
one moment their attractive melodies coast on vigorously swinging
rhythms, the next they tumble in a free improv freefall.
Albert’s tunes …”Swirling” and “504 No More…?” are tinged
with tragedy, but “Bucktown Special” shakes off melancholy with a
funky groove and joyous horn solos that unfurl over Jason
Adasiewicz’s vibes like flags behind a parade float.”

Bill Meyer in Downbeat March 2007

“The ensemble plays a raucous, yet controlled form of Jazz that
has some of the joy of old New Orleans style yet is thoroughly
Post-Bop in its inflections.”

“The opening piece, “Stitch,” is a microcosm of all that is
strong in this band. Swinging ensemble, an interesting head, a
dynamic rhythm section that builds intensity in response to the
heat of some great solos.”

“This is modern ensemble Jazz of the highest caliber.”

Grego Applegate Edwards in Cadence February 2007

“Neatly balancing abstraction with fat, chewy grooves, the band
gleefully stomps through compositions by co-leaders Jeb Bishop
and Jeff Albert, pulling back occasionally for stark atmospherics
or somber ensemble sections.”

Forrest Dylan Bryant in Jazz Times January/February 2007

“…this intensely rhythmic and instrumental restlessness that
pervades the entire session…”

“…beautiful, yet raucous energy…”

“It’s a simply excellent album…”

Jay Collins in Signal To Noise Spring 2007