"With every tune possessing a unique character and striking a perfect balance between groove and gritty technique, it's nearly everything you can ask for."
"Whether it is a big band, octet or sextet Derrick is leading, one goal remains constant: connecting with the listener...Echoes of Ethnicity encapsulates the exuberant feel of this new chapter in the changing story of Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets, now +2."
"The title A Ride To The Other Side isn't intended to mean anything deep, but nevertheless the music is a thrill ride to the side of that soulful funky acoustic jazz of the sixties. Trumpet player Derrick Gardner is firmly behind the wheel driving that bus."
"Gardner explores new musical horizons, achieving Shangri-La, and this new release merits a buy recommendation....message is that the entire album is a highlight and not to be missed."
"But ultimately, Derrick Gardner is to be commended for offering something new here that works. My guess is that Gardner's five years in Count Basie's band taught him valuable lessons about cohesion and resolution. While the sound is new, Gardner has placed a jazz cop on every corner, and the result is truly fresh and remarkable."
"Derrick's trumpet playing is richly round and strong, without disintegrating into migraine-inducing bolts of sound. Echoes of Ethnicity is a surprisingly sophisticated album that carefully quilts jazz, funk, fusion and Latin."
""The Echoes of Ethnicity sound is soulful, funky, and the epitome of what hard-bop would have become in the setting of a five horn front line. Sultry, sensuous, and very reminiscent of the late 1950’s and 60’s, hard-bop ensembles blend with a hint of the new and refreshing mix of unexplored territory interjected by Gardner himself."
"His recording as leader of the Jazz Prophets on Echoes of Ethnicity proves to be another spectacular high point in a career that has placed him among such awe-inspiring bands as Harry Connick, Jr., the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Frank Foster, Slide Hampton, Stefon Harris, and last, but definitely not least, the Count Basie Orchestra."
"You can never get enough great bop or big band, and Echoes of Ethnicity collides the two for a release that's letter perfect in every possible way."
"Gardner’s trumpet has the snap and ferocity that early Hubbard and Morgan had, and can be found later in Woody Shaw."
"Echoes of Ethnicity showcases not only the songwriting strength of Gardner and his band, but also the solid interplay of these musicians."
“Impressions of Gillespie, Shaw, and Hubbard come through in this session. Echoes of Ethnicity showcases not only the songwriting strength of Gardner and his band, but also the solid interplay of these musicians. Though Gardner is the leader, this music is about the whole band.”