What the reviewers say about Steve Slagle: New
CD of the Week in the UK.
"...unpretentiously exhilarating music."
—John Fordham, The
- "Much like [Joe] Lovano, Slagle is immersed
in the tradition but looking for ways to broaden it, drawing
deeply from the legacies of Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman in equal
measure. The varied tunes on New New York bear out these stylistic
commitments, resulting in a fine jazz portrait
of New York by one of the city's own hidden treasures."
—David R Adler, All Music Guide
- "...Slagle's album (like Mingus's compositions)
reflects the tireless musical adventurousness summarised
in its title.... [The album] showcases not only the exceptional
compositional versatility and improvisational skills of one of the music's
finest reedsmen, but also the sheer vitality and diversity of
a city that has always been at the heart of American jazz."
—Chris Parker, BBC
Music Magazine (April 2001)
one under-motivated phrase. Describing it as 'hard bop'
might put him in the right ballpark but he is actually playing a far
more complicated and original game of his own. This
is one major league player who does not have the major league
reputation he deserves. Not yet."
—Mike Zwerin, International
Herald Tribune (7 February 2001)
- "His playing has
never sounded better than on New New York...he transforms his
instrument into a dervish of reeling energy. His best solos
have a combination of grit and urbanity that
fits the alto's soaring range and plaintive timbre like a glove."
—Neil Tesser, Jazziz (January
- "[A] powerhouse
offering, his most seasoned and soulful
expression to date ... Slagle's personal paean to New York
City brilliantly demonstrates his capacity to stretch into adventurous
—Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes (March
- "...[Slagle's] big
sound and deep reservoir of ideas add up to a
commanding presence, and his original tunes never fail to inspire
interesting commentary from the ensemble.... Hopefully, the
album will garner Slagle some of the attention he clearly deserves."
—Nate Chinen, Philadelphia
City Paper (10-17 May 2001)
- "[Slagle's] nicely pungent saxophone
leads a blazing little band." —Lucky
Planet" (5 June 2001), ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
with serpentine lines and lofty thematic inventions...New
New York features a truly divergent melding of tuneful compositions
that successfully or perhaps imaginatively draw upon the disparate
influences contained within the Big Apple."
—Glenn Astarita, AllAboutJazz.com
- "Slagle keeps this Apple-themed set
rooted in a hip-swiveling mood that really
digs into a salad of crisply punchy rhythms and
bright horn lines that celebrate these melodies with poised
pounce and thrilling solos."
—Andrew Bartlett, Amazon.com
compelling and multi-faceted musical portrait of his adopted hometown
... a glorious joust with [Joe] Lovano ... Slagle's sound on alto saxophone
has both richness and bite."
—Kenny Mathieson, JazzWise
- 2001 Critics' Best —Antonio
- Top Recording of 2001 —EJazzNews.com
- "...Slagle's full realized, multi-faceted
tribute to the ebullient city he loves."
- "...an excellent
—Brian Morton, Jazz
Review Magazine (May 2001)
- "...a compelling
and multi-faceted musical portrait ... Slagle's sound on alto saxophone
has both richness and bite."
—Kenny Mathieson, CD
energy and aggression that's a hallmark of the best jazz from
New York.... Recommended listening,
and you don't have to be a New Yorker to enjoy it."
—IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors)
Journal (Spring 2001)