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Chris Massey / Press

“A powerhouse drummer-bandleader in the tradition of Art Blakey and Jeff "Tain" Watts”

“Straight out of Art Blakey and Jeff Watts; Chris Massey loves a propulsive beat and knows how to sustain tension.”

““While listening to Vibrainium, I felt that there was a direct link to the spirits of the great power projects, Art Blakey did come to mind as did others. Ghosts of the greats, rising out of the Newport Jazz Festival past, filling the August air with lush, complex arrangements.”

“Chris Massey's Nue Jazz Project: Vibrainium has reached No. 35 on the jazz charts out of nearly 20,000 jazz albums on Emusic.com”

"Massey demonstrates a take-no-prisoners attitude and a willingness to explore different avenues of music with great attention to detail and a good balance between explosive, raw energy and musical restraint."- Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“For those who have an emphasis on the drums will love the way this guy plays, sometimes playing busy like an Elvin Jones but always dedicated in knowing how intense or delicate to play, like an Art Blakey or Brian Blade.”

“Musically, Massey's influences reside firmly in the advanced hardbop of the Blue Note Sixties, another common ground with (Wayne) Shorter. His “Nue Jazz Project", a quintet comprising the horns of Donald Malloy and Benjamin Drazen and a rhythm section completed by pianist Evgeny Lebedev and bassist David Ostrem. The cerebral connotation in the title and another commonality with Shorter comes through in Massey's clever compositions and arrangements.”

“Man I can't help but to hear Art Blakey in this cat. It is very refreshing.”

“Here's a creative drummer well in touch with his post bop roots as he circles the rim from Art Blakey to Chick Corea with several well chosen stops in between. A solidly played set by a crew that honors throwing caution to the wind, Massey once again shows he knows his stuff and isn't afraid to try on something 'nue'. A nice ear opener that looks forward and backward with grace all at the same time. ”