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Sean Jefferson / Press

“...drummer Sean Jefferson and the extraordinary musicians he assembled for his RIJF appearance...last night they very well could have been one of the greatest groups in jazz.”

CITY Newspaper (Rochester, New York)

“....Sean Jefferson...challenges jazz conventions by pursuing unpredictable paths, creating a body of work that ignites the senses. Instead of following generic patterns, Jefferson leads his fellow musicians...into a spellbinding hybrid of cutting-edge and mainstream sensibilities.”


“Jefferson's drums are tribal in their savage march, reflecting the ominous allure of nightmares as well as the hypnotic transcendence of sweet dreams.”


“a tightrope between high-brow experimentalism and metropolitan cool.”


“The critically acclaimed Jefferson has put together an impressive album which is at once highly listenable and yet ground breaking.”


“The band excelled in too many ways to get across in a small space, but here goes: Jefferson's epic compositions have the sprawl of classical music but demand hard-driving groove and hairpin time changes that demand imagination from the players as opposed to sheer precision. All three musicians on Jefferson's front line -- pianist Harold O'Neal, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and bassist Richie Goods -- covered those bases but in a way where each brought individual personality to the table. As a result, the music sparkled in four dimensions, the way music does when four people truly play as a group. The band touched on funk, R&B, and -- every now and then -- a vague shade of hip-hop. To combine those styles with jazz, one has to swerve around a minefield of cliches. This group not only succeeded in doing that, but also captured the essence and elegance of classic post-bop.....”

CITY Newpaper (Rochester, New York)

“As a result, the music sparkled in four dimensions, the way music does when four people truly play as a group....”