Jonathan Scales Fourchestra / Press

“To say I am impressed would be a gross understatement! Wow, Jonathan!”

Béla Fleck

“...joyously inventive...”

Jazz Times

“At the end of the day Scales is going to be a major player in rewriting the books on steelpan music outside the box.”

When Steel Talks

“Jonathan Scales brings new vitality to the traditional Caribbean instrument, picking up where Othello Molineaux left off 20 years ago with Jaco Pastorius.”

Jazz Times

“...rising star of the steel drums...”

Traps magazine

“Jonathan Scales makes the pans fit in unconventional musical spaces. (4 out of 5 stars!)”

Modern Drummer

“Plot/Scheme, reveals a steel drummer who understands the musical world with scholarly precision.”

Mountain Xpress

“Jonathan Scales' new album takes the steel drums even further from the islands”

Mountain Xpress

“PLOT/SCHEME is an innovative and energetic journey into what the steel pan can do in a modern jazz context.”

Bold Life

“Scales lists one of his biggest influences as Bela Fleck...and the influence is most clear.”

Up & Coming Magazine

“Jonathan Scales is a composer who uses the steel drums to push musical boundaries and defy classifications.”

Asheville Citizen Times

“Refreshing originality with a plentitude of harmonic,rhythmic ,melodic and spiritual depth”

Jeff Sipe

“Jonathan is a gifted musician and a very talented songwriter. The sky is the limit with him.”

-Joseph Wooten

"Do not be fooled by the restraining title of Jonathan Scales' debut release [One-Track Mind], or lulled into stereotyped visions of happy-time island music by his instrument(the steel drums). Jonathan Scales has a lot to say, and he says it eloquently."

Jazz Times