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Rafael Statin / Press

“Detroit Jazz Festival 2013 The Bebop Society was followed with a set by bassist Robert Hurst III, who besides being one of the best bottom men on the scene, now teaches at the University of Michigan. Hurst had a group of young cats with him, which was distinguished by up-and-coming tenor man Rafael Statin, and Cuban percussionist Pepe Espinosa. Hurst led his group through a swinging set of tunes from his new CD, Bob: A Palindrome (Bebob, 2013). Watch out for Statin, he is a comer. -Steve Bryant Published: September 17, 2013 http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=45395#.UkNUJRZ8t9I”

“ Robert Hurst Quartet @ Jazz Standard 8/2/11 I went "by accident". I have a feeling I would have ended up there anyway. I had my nights mixed up and I thought it was Dr. Lonnie Smith, but that wasn't until later that week. The funny thing was I didn't realize I was in the "wrong" place until they announced the band. I thought it was funny yet knew it was likely to be great because everything at that place it great. Then I saw Jeff "Tain" Watts come on stage and I remembered this show was on my list, too! I didn't know the other 3, including the leader, but I gotta have some Tain every now and then. As you can imagine, the music was phenomenal. The "other 3" were awesome, especially Rafael Statin on sax. I loved the piano and bass, too. Tain was as awesome as ever. Rafael Statin – saxophone Lawrence Fields – piano Robert Hurst – bass Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums ”

“Pianist Fields and saxophonist Statin balance the youthful side of the jazz equation with the veterans Hurst and Watts. Statin, a 21 year old wunderkind, hails from Hurst’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan, attended the Detroit School Of Arts and played with the Detroit Symphony Jazz Orchestra while still in high school. Influenced by everyone from John Coltrane to Kenny Garrett and everything from blues, gospel and funk to Asian-Japanese music, Statin brings a wealth of experience to the quartet that belies his age.”