"There's not a moment that doesn't fizz with ingenuity and imagination"
““When the Julian Siegel Quartet perform live it’s a fantastic ride” ”
"A dream team of London jazz talent...Urban Theme Park is a thing of charm and poise – in the best sense, a very English record.With such a knack for drawing on jazz traditions while remaining fresh and forward-looking, the Julian Siegel Quartet are the perfect illustration of why British jazz is turning heads the world over.
“Oh wow! Even after a few hours’ listening to a random selection of the finest CDs of jazz music from the last 50 years or so, this disc still leaps out. It’s going to be hard to knock Urban Theme Park off the top of my “best” pile for 2011.”
"A UK-jazz supergroup, pairing the powerful and imaginative reeds soloist Julian Siegel with pianist Liam Noble, and both are melodically absorbing and disinclined to run out of improv steam. But though this long-delayed Siegel successor to 2002's Close Up is quintessential postbop jazz, its Joe Zawinul, Stravinsky and west-African references give it plenty of appeal among the non-cognoscenti, as well"
“Virtually unstoppable imaginative flow”
"A UK-jazz supergroup, this band sets the bar pretty high for the art of making idiomatic, eclectic contemporary jazz "
"Urban Theme Park' is Darn good fun...already a major contender for album of the year and its not even spring yet" Jazzwise Magazine, March 2010
"It is a rare and beautiful conflation that gives Urban Theme Park, like all Siegel's recent work, magnetism and depth..a magisterial studio set.Highly recommended."
"Mastering much of the saxophone and clarinet families, Siegel carries an assurance that his works will always feature a captivating tonal spread. The latest line-up for this combo features pianist Liam Noble, bassman Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo. There are many years of cross-pollination at play here, with relationships that have forged a unique musical bond"