“'Tourist' was selected as one of the Best Jazz releases of 2013 by the Huffington Post”
“All of that experience shows here as Wirtz puts forth on 'Tourist' an incredibly rich album steeped in jazz that is far beyond his years . . . Wirtz showcases a massively vast range, virtuoso phrasing and impeccable taste.”
“What Wirtz does with the piano is brilliant, a genius . . .”
“There are a few artists out there that can still play instruments in a way that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings . . . So enter pianist Jon Wirtz who just released his latest CD entitled 'Tourist.' What do bands like Aaron Parks, Jacky Terrasson, and Keith Jarrett have that Jon Wirtz don’t? Not much if you ask me . . . let me go on record by saying he is what the world has been waiting for musically.”
“Among musicians and critics, (Tourist) should do very well indeed, be a much-talked-about item for years. You just don’t run across this kind of music every day, Hoss, and when you do, you remember it. Trust me.”
“Wirtz is a powerful artist who is not afraid to push the envelope, ask the hard question or go where other artists won’t try to go.”
“A captivating album which defies obvious pigeon holing through a freedom of spirit and mind, 'Tourist' will satisfy anyone looking for a slice of eclectic, reserved jazz that avoids obvious paths and easy choices.”
“These are not ‘tunes’ by any stretch of the imagination, these are conceptual compositions that embrace one of the most stunning hybrid sounds one might imagine . . . Incredible freshness.”
“Would I recommend? Absolutely! And that is because of something I continued to find brilliant in how Wirtz constructed this entire album – he made it all familiar yet fresh, borrowed without betraying his personal sense of style, and the results are stunning.”
“Percolating along, racking up high flying credits, this piano jazzbo hasn’t been standing still whenever there was an opportunity to hone his chops and expand his horizons—all of which culminates in this tasty contemporary fusionish romp that acknowledges what’s going on in the streets as well as on the avenues.”
“Wirtz’s appealing style and slamming playing hit the mark and with intellectually stimulating musical territory providing a very real and powerful source of inspiration overall . . . In this aspect 'Tourist' is in itself an impressive musical set from Wirtz, and also grants you rare access to peer into the gentile-gifted soul of a quintessential artist from his perspective.”
“As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice most of the songs are quite dynamic and reminiscent of free form piano jazz masters: Vince Guaraldi, Billy Cobham, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Chick Corea, Miles Davis . . . Last but not least – the playing, writing and production abilities of Jon Wirtz at the helm are to die for. Just hit play, sit back and see where this amazing journey takes your mind, body and spirit.”
“This one ('Tourist') by keyboardist/composer Jon Wirtz is an audio journey through a world of sounds, styles and moods . . . Just where is this guy taking us? A little bit of everywhere, and the up and down climbs from ‘Country’ to the title track to the panoramic ‘Awakening’ with the luminous trumpet by Gabriel Mervine make the travel quite worthwhile.”
“Colorado-based pianist/keyboadist Jon Wirtz displays incredible chops and a gentle touch on his second full length recording, Tourist . . . Wirtz’s ability to make it all work as a production renders this a fantastic project to experience.”
“All songs presented on 'Tourist' are a skillful combination of modern jazz, yet with a slight popish flair that will remind you Brad Mehldau, Joe Sample, and George Winston. Wirtz has all the creativity and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous . . . let me go on record by stating Jon Wirtz is the best pianist I’ve never heard of.”
“Shades of Ahmad Jamal are thrown in juxtaposition to minimalist hues full of positive energy and catharsis. The piano is the center of it all, but to label Tourist piano music is misleading. This is music music, and from my interview with him it is clear that Wirtz is a musician’s musician.”
“This CD is quite entertaining overall with an amazing feel. In this aspect Wirtz is a master musician. In my mind he is a musical triple threat. He is a world class songwriter; he has an amazing feel and has the X-Factor . . . Rating: 10 out of 10 stars.”
“All 1o tracks provide intensely exhilarating experience that can tingle the senses into submission . . . Rating: 9/10.”
“The musicianship from all members is how shall I say – off the chain. The Piano driven front from Wirtz sets the standard and is beyond impressive . . . Expect great things from Wirtz as his fanbase expands. There’s obviously a disgruntled Jazz audience out there just waiting for them to arrive.”
"I get the same sensation with Wirtz as I do Joshua Redman, Herbie Hancock, and even Coltrane."
"Indeed the skill set of the player will dictate how well your attention span can be maintained. What am I trying to say? Wirtz pulls it off flawlessly."
"Sea Level by Jon Wirtz is a brilliant collection of music."
"He is no doubt a gifted player & composer . . . It takes talent to hold the attention span of a listener with just one instrument, Wirtz pulls this off with sheer poise."
“Sea Level is one amazing solo debut..."”
"Sea Level by Jon Wirtz is an impressive collection of music. The more you look at, the more impressive it really is."
“There was a lyricism, a beauty and intimate melodic feel that really comes through in every song regardless of what else is happening...”
“Though ‘Sea Level’ reflects jazz piano greats like Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett and, of course, Thelonious Monk, it also has pop touchstones that make it accessible to even the most neophyte of jazz listeners…”
"No doubt more work is required from a musician to fill this sonic space all by himself thus keeping the attention span of the listener all by himself. Brilliant artists can rise to this challenge, & I give Wirtz high marks for taking this on & even pulling it off. The musicianship is clearly first rate..."