"This renegade trio led by keyboardist and sonic explorer Michael Bellar blends pop, rock, funk, jazz and world music elements into a provocative brew on this spirited alt-jazz outing. Fans of Medeski Martin & Wood and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will dig this."
““GENERATION NEXT....Close your eyes, and you can (almost) imagine them playing an outdoor festival for tie-dye kids one day and a New York jazz club the next.” ”
“Holy sh_t! This is amazing! ”
WIDR (Kalamazoo, MI)
““And now for something completely different. A deeply funky new album...."”
The Charleston City Paper
“The AS-IS Ensemble has been turning heads and blowing minds across the country.”
Vermont 7 Days
"funky and upbeat..." "explores a jazz/rock space reminiscent of Marco Benevento..."
““Spontaneity, spirit and surprise” - “bewitching and often exotic””
““Their swing is pop savvy, their mainstream is avant flecked, and their whimsy has an earnest base.” “It takes chutzpah - this electrocoustic quintet has as much ambition as it does chops.” ”
The Village Voice
"Keyboardist Michael Bellar gives the piano a voice all its own...."
"They deliver a sound that’s fuller & brighter than Bad Plus and more into a Stevie Wonder sense of jam."
WDCE - Richmond, VA
“Michael Bellar’s self-produced album is every bit as fun and quirky as its song titles imply. For joyfully proving himself to be a playful keyboard polymath, Michael Bellar is Keyboard Magazine’s Unsigned Artist of the Month. ”
"Michael Bellar and the AS-IS Ensemble have perfected it's own brand of jazz..."
Charleston Post and Courier - Editor's Pick