“Multicultural composer-trombonist Jeff Fairbanks explores a fusion of Korean, Chinese, and Italian musics on this daring big-band outing … ambitious project ... Baritone sax ace Fred ho is featured on two parts of this sprawling suites that marries traditional Chinese motifs and Western brass-band traditions while blending in free jazz expressions ... Other highlights on this ambitious project include 'San Ma Da', a breezy take on a Korean hymn that showcases Fairbanks' fluid lines and lyrical sensibilities on trombone.”
“Fairbanks is a rising multi-faceted star if not musical voice on the New York scene working as composer, arranger, conductor and his instrumental skills as trombonist are second to none. Mulberry Street is a fascinating multi-cultural look at Korean, Chinese and Italian band music sprinkled with Asian instruments and fused into an eclectic big band sound that is a multi-cultural delight! ... Mulberry Street advances past the big band idiom into a more contemporary jazz orchestra setting.”
“This big band concept album by trombonist-composer Jeff Fairbanks weaves Western and Asian musical threads into a bright and brilliant fabric, paying homage to that most multicultural of all cites, New York. Fairbanks’ writing is rich and layered, and his soloists — including guest baritone saxophonist Fred Ho — reflect the spirit of his work. Jazz needs more of this kind of music.”
“At a time when there are myriad large ensemble recordings, Jeff Fairbanks' Project Hansori is one of the most impressive and satisfying.”
"Asian folk music fused with modern jazz? You’ve got to hear it to believe it...Mulberry Street delivers a surprising and unlikely symphony of exotic Chinese and familiar Western instruments and jazz compositions that mesh together yet retain their unique, intrinsic components. The resulting potpourri of rhythmic patterns takes some getting used to, but ultimately, becomes an amazing experience — almost transcendental.
“what an awesome display of creativity and musical genius ... Upon hearing the 17-piece Jazz orchestra of Jeff Fairbanks and this new sub-genre called Asian Jazz, I was instantly a fan.”
“This is a different sort of big-band session: fusionistic, complex but accessible, and most enjoyable ... this album is excellent evidence of [Jeff's] abilities”
“Mulberry Street can be summed up in one word: magnificent!”
“a fresh and stellar big band recording...and dazzling musical experience that is likely to be among this listener’s best of 2011. Highly recommended.”
"...a solid, contemporary big band date that sounds like it's played from the heart by a leader and crew that care. First class sitting down jazz all the way, listen first, read second. This is simply a dazzler throughout."
“[This] song has the wild exhilaration of a Tom Waits song and the experimental whimsy of Kamikaze Ground Crew. This is the kind of tune to get your Big Band Friday night started.”
"The compositions on trombonist Jeff Fairbanks’ album Mulberry Street...sound very fresh".
“...a wonderful composer named Jeff Fairbanks…also a fine trombonist… has against all odds put together a large ensemble that plays so-called 'jazz’ in meters like 5/8-5/8-6/8-5/8 while simultaneously combining Korean, Chinese and Italian band musics (think Nino Rota) complete with Asian instruments into a recognizably American big band idiom. And it SWINGS!!!”
“Jeff Fairbanks’ repertoire is a mix of modern jazz and Asian music”
"His composition was so sophisticated and artful".
"an ambitious suite that mixed traditional Chinese gongs and musical gestures with more jazz-like passages".
“Jeff Fairbanks Wins Charlie Parker Composition Prize at BMI Jazz Showcase”