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“At the end of the day Scales is going to be a major player in rewriting the books on steelpan music outside the box.”
“Jonathan Scales brings new vitality to the traditional Caribbean instrument, picking up where Othello Molineaux left off 20 years ago with Jaco Pastorius.”
“...rising star of the steel drums...”
“Jonathan Scales makes the pans fit in unconventional musical spaces. (4 out of 5 stars!)”
“Plot/Scheme, reveals a steel drummer who understands the musical world with scholarly precision.”
“Jonathan Scales' new album takes the steel drums even further from the islands”
“PLOT/SCHEME is an innovative and energetic journey into what the steel pan can do in a modern jazz context.”
“Scales lists one of his biggest influences as Bela Fleck...and the influence is most clear.”
“Jonathan Scales is a composer who uses the steel drums to push musical boundaries and defy classifications.”
“Refreshing originality with a plentitude of harmonic,rhythmic ,melodic and spiritual depth”
“Jonathan is a gifted musician and a very talented songwriter. The sky is the limit with him.”
"Do not be fooled by the restraining title of Jonathan Scales' debut release [One-Track Mind], or lulled into stereotyped visions of happy-time island music by his instrument(the steel drums). Jonathan Scales has a lot to say, and he says it eloquently."