I was also a little apprehensive when I read this disclaimer in his post about the project:
Before the impression that this is some kind of charity effort sinks in too deeply, let me state unequivocally that positive reviews are not guaranteed. This is about a level playing field, not affirmative action.
The review showed up yesterday, and I couldn’t be more pleased! Phil obviously took the time to listen to the whole disc and his observations are spot-on (except that I happen to like Josh’s opening statement on “Mance’s Dance”!).
Perhaps the coolest thing he said is that we are “musicians who know each other well enough to realize that jazz is a team sport, not a battle royal.” The JPQ has been together for 3 years now (a rarity in jazz) and I like to think that we’ve developed a real group sound and conception to our playing. Nice to know that others can hear it too.
You can read the full review here. Be sure to read all the other reviews too…you’ll surely be turned on to some great music you haven’t heard before!
Thanks to Phil for the great idea, and for helping out us indie jazz artists who are making a go of it on our own. This kind of support is invaluable and greatly appreciated.