“I'm not sure if it's possible for Japhy Ryder to be underrated or overlooked. They've been around for more than 10 years, have long had a strong following and inspired one of my all-time-favorite genre descriptors: "porn prog." The tag isn't as fitting as it once was, but I can't seem to stop using it. Yet for some reason, when I think about the best bands in Burlington, JR are rarely one of the first to jump to mind. They should be. Their Friday set was a master clinic on sinewy, sensuous grooves and intricate, cerebral compositions. Despite that heady and often scholarly approach, JR somehow manage never to fly above their listeners' heads. Their stuff is still accessible and emotionally evocative — in large part thanks to the sensitivity and skill with which bandleader and trumpeter Will Andrews plays. I could listen to that guy play all night.”
“Japhy Ryder succeed in what they set out to do, which is creating mood through minimalism, sonic exploration, and to prove that “Instrumental Hip Hop” is not only real, but versatile.”
“You know what genre is woefully underrepresented in these here Green Mountains? 1970s classic porn music, that's what. Thankfully, we've got Japhy Ryder, who fill that … er, void.”
"quickly becoming legendary throughout the Northeast"
"jazz and rock together in an innovative fashion" "appreciated by more than stoned college kids"
"impressively touch on being playful, introspective and aggressive"
"Japhy Ryder are well on their way to distinction in an all-too homogenized scene. If they continue to explore the intersections of groove, dub and retro funk, they might one day be untouchable."
"Their sound stands alone, and with its mixed-genre approach, it can appeal to a multi-generational crowd. Whether you feel like dancing, contemplating life or just listening to a one-of-a-kind band, then Japhy Ryder is your prescription."
“just don’t call them “jam,” thank you very much”
“sounds like "Miles Davis meets The Slip meets STS9 meets Funkadelic meets Pearl Jam meets Mogwai." Well, who wouldn't want to f**k that? - or, um, listen to that while doing the dirty deed? Check 'em out before your friend tells you to check 'em out."”