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Reginald Cyntje / Press

"Spiritual Awakening is a beautiful enigma, with mystery in every corner of the album, from its melodies and harmonies to its texture and improv structure. It’s an unexpected turn from Cyntje’s previous work, but no less worthy."

"...has fashioned another winner with the recording, which builds naturally on his previous CDs, “Freedom’s Children,” “Love” and “Elements of Life,” ...Highlights include “Beatitudes,” led by Christie Dashiell’s vocal flights, and Settles’ sax work, and Rittenhouse on trumpet; “Atonement,” a subtly engaging, lilting yet urgently melodic work, driven masterfully by Burney’s bluesy bass and “Compassion,” another Burney showcase. “Ritual,” is an intriguing gem all its own, highlighted by Burney, Cyntje, Gumbs’ polyrhythmic drum weavings. And “Rejoice” is a vintage island rocker spurred by Provost’s steel pan melodies and Settles’ simpering, slicing sax riffs."

“Cyntje has created not only a moving tribute to mother earth, but also a lasting musical journey worth revisiting”

“Cyntje’s compositions are clear and utilize the strengths of this writing through his adept ensemble. The music offers the listener a chance to hear many styles and variances of intensity and tempos. Cyntje's messaging comes through clearly through the music, which further adds to the overall experience. A highly recommended listen.”

“There is a balance in the nature of Cyntje's music on Elements of Life. His compositions are clear and utilize the strengths of his capable ensemble. The music visits many styles and has a nice variance of intensity and tempos. Cyntje's focus on love and harmony comes through in the music, one is sure to find a message that encourages a person to go their own way, to listen to your heart, to have faith in the urgings from within and to follow them.”

“If you can’t see bright blue vistas as you listen to the beauty of “Sky“, you’re bound to a life of regret – Reginald’s trombone is full of the wonderful spirit of jazz on this one & it will stay right up at the top of your playlists for months (if not years) to come!”

“When this trombonist sits down to write, he hasn't just songs in mind but panoramas, wide visio-sonic milieux to be committed to process and fleshed out as vividly as possible.”

“Reginald Cyntje is not 40 years old, but already he has found his sound”

“Cyntje is playing at the top of his game on all levels and serving up enjoyable stuff accessible to all”

"has now covered all the bases in attempting to capture the essence of our most important emotional and physical environments"

“Cyntje is no less inspired by his native traditions than he once was; he just has a lot to say, which makes for complex, diverse creations.”

“There’s insistence and comfort and generosity and demand, which complements the muscular sound of his trombone playing—intentional and concerted, like he’s trying to push a burlap bag out of a narrow berth.”

“Love is a thoughtful and passionate album from start to finish. It not only embodies the variety of musical influences that has helped to make Cyntie into the musician he is today but it also feels like a lot of passion and spirit was poured into Love.”

“it’ll be hard to find anything contemporary that keeps it more real than this”

“A gifted trombonist and humanitarian…”

“...this is without doubt some of the tastiest 'bone work I've heard in the last 20 years, cleverly respectful of tradition while immensely literate in the most modern of veins”

“arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player”

“This year promises no shortage of great local jazz releases, but Love might end up being the best of the lot…Each piece…is thoughtful and surpassingly gorgeous”

“Love...has a helping of true grit in the artistry of poetry, song, and instrumentation.”

“a deep-seated knowledge of Caribbean music and culture which has settled into his jazz trombone playing, and certainly into his 2011 album Freedom's Children: The Celebration”

“Reginald elucidates on the CD's theme: "After the parade of innocence passes, the roller coaster of life begins." That juxtaposition of carefree whimsy with deep analysis and substance can be a theme of the overall effect of this CD on this listener. This CD has music for dancing, for celebrating, for remembering elegance and pride in our Caribbean glory. [He] should be rewarded by commercial validation for [his] respective appreciation of Caribbean-ness despite the cynicism of the politician or metropolitan critic.”

“One of the more impressive young musicians to arrive in DC in recent years is trombonist Reginald Cyntje. A native of the Virgin Islands, Cyntje is blessed with impressive facility and an immediacy of sound that, coupled with evident section blending proclivities, stands out in a crowd – a feat he has achieved admirably in several area big band stints (including the launch performance of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Orchestra last February). He is also blessed with the adroit flexibility necessary for a small ensemble team player, equipped with the skills to stand in bold relief when its his turn at bat. His current recording is “Freedom’s Children,” a DIY effort that among others boasts the quicksilver vocal skills of Christie Dashiell from that pride of Howard University, the vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and the prodigiously talented multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolf on vibes.”

“Reginald Cyntje has created something of a concept album, one that exemplifies and celebrates the revolutionary musics of the Caribbean isles while telling the story of a man on a journey of self-awareness (kujichagulia, in Swahili).”

“embedded subliminally betwixt the notes, passages and progressions is a philosophy of life that promotes “commUNITY” and social empowerment across gender and age, constantly driving home the tenets of hope, aspiration, cultural integrity to the impressionable minds – the young at heart.”

“…Cyntje and his live sets steer toward bebop standards played with energy and passion, with the trombonist delivering powerhouse solos…”

“The District's jazz scene is known for, if anything, the soulful players that develop within it. There is a certain groove to the D.C. sound that has developed through a combination of highly trained musicians, a rich legacy, and a community that has seen its fair share of ups and downs. These performers share a deep commitment to craft and to the integrity of live performance. Trombonist Reginald Cyntje (pronounced sin-chee) is one of the many young area musicians who personify this ethos. Not only is he a fine horn player and composer, but his desire to spread the word of live jazz has led him to organize a series of free monthly concerts”