“Hartford-area resident and vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, Orice Jenkins has delivered possibly the silky-smooth album you'll hear out of Connecticut this year.”
"Bye Bye Blackbird," an inventive, soul-funk vehicle for Jenkins, Bryan and Hartford rapper Tang Sauce, grows steadily more improvisatory. Jenkins channels smooth, Steely Dan-worthy textures [on] "I Only Have Eyes For You," a Warren & Dubin standard. The relaxed groove of album-closer "Birds Soar," a fourth original song (featuring Rodney Tenor), builds to ecstatic peaks while showing off the band's power to extend and inhabit a groove.
“Jenkins' colourful musical planet can be described as an hotchpotch of jazz, soul, and hip-hop all mixed into a stew of great and appealing music.”
“Orice’s new album, Soar will be released in 2 months and he already has me on the hook with lead single Bye Bye Blackbird. This is the multi-talented musician’s first Jazz album and the lead single captures the Hip Hop energy that’s been creeping into Jazz music from the newer artists and I love it!”
"Jenkins’ blend of unbridled emotion, rhythm and blues, soul, and local inspiration culminates into a mesmerizing and original sound."
“An incredible blend of genres performed with style and charisma. A truly unique journey.”
"Just pop in the CD and let it play round and round again. It grows, and grows more beautiful each time. So many wonderful layers."
“He tickles the ivories like no other, just effortlessly running his fingers up and down the piano barely looking at the keys, but at the crowd to figure out who his audience is.”
“polished, gentlemanly performer”