the reviewers say about
Oscar Noriega's Play Party: Luciano's Dream (OmniTone 12004)
musical vision is very wide in scope, encompassing,
from the sounds of this record, the
rich history of jazz, myriad folk musics, as well as
20th century classical sounds...a wide-ranging
and satisfying musical document."
All Music Guide
original talent ... a
spectacular quartet ... Noriega
has a rasped tone that weaves into unflappable
expanses, only to jar the floor in a flash with
bolting, jostling exclamations."
- "This is fascinating jazz,
swinging and driving, yet sitting
somewhere in between the conventional and the outside in
true downtown New York fashion.... I especially
like Noriega's bass clarinet playing. He
has a deep feel for the
atmospheric possibilities of the instrument,
and uses it to great effect. The supporting cast
is first rate as well.
- "Impressive debut from
this fine reeds player... Hot,
bitter-sweet, jazz-funk from this great bassless quartet!"
Music Gallery (New York)
- "Noriega encapsulates the total experience through
a climactic arrangement and memorable melody."
—Glenn Astarita, Down Beat (February
music manages to sound radiant
and impressively varied."
—Philip Clark, Jazz Review
- "... a
very impressive release that presents
the quartet working within the song form while
simultaneously expanding the style's range in terms
of both rhythms and timbres. Definitely
—IAJRC Journal (Summer 2001)