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Stan Killian / Press

“Compositionally, Killian thinks about the direction of the tunes… Killian commands attention….”

“Stan Killian sounds a hopeful note for jazz's future. Killian is more precisely of the Dexter Gordon sound that carried through in Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter. Killian's debut album, Unified, is the stuff of the 1960s Blue Note factory: hard bop that's branching out into bossa nova, the New Thing, and groundbreaking harmonic language. It's great stuff that brings the past into the present, like any good jazz does.”

“His playing is smart but unpretentious, logical yet unrestrained. That kind of balance is hard to achieve in jazz, and we’ll be lucky if he can keep it up for his next album.”

“Unified is a good name for a great album and it’s one of the most perfectly balanced, thoughtfully produced jazz albums I’ve heard in a while”

““It is clear that Stan Killian has a unique voice in a jazz economy filled with wannabes, copycats and frankly lesser players. Killian displays technique, sound and sensibilities that only a player with a diverse array of experiences could possess.””

“…. going up against a major figure like Hargrove, he proves that he belongs in that kind of company.”

“Texas-born Killian takes Sonny Rollin’s fluid approach, bulks it up and adds just a touch of that Texas tenor twang to it.”

“If you appreciate the work of jazz greats like Coltrane and Davis, Stan Killian is a player you should get to know 4 Stars”