the reviewers say about
Russ Johnson: Save Big (OmniTone 12205)
"...lean, dry tone mixing with an effortless
ability to move with great fluidity....
[Save Big] is contemporary in sound with its smart attitude."
"Save Big is as auspicious a leader
debut as they come."
"Russ Johnson's Save Big combines qualities not often found together.
It is both challenging and instantly likable.
The album delivers on the implicit promise of economy in its title by a clean,
intelligent, uncluttered, no-nonsense approach to freebop."
"...truly wonderful and
important album ... this is American music ... A beautiful,
wide-ranging, thinking and feeling album, Save Big deserves
some serious listening."
examinations of mood and genre.... the quartet Johnson
has assembled integrate their solos into the feel of each piece,
extending the character of the composition without distorting it....
a band that balances spirit and restraint,
and it’s good that they’ve
been given something of substance to play. Altogether, an attractive
and occasionally challenging disc."
—Art Lange, Coda
"...Save Big sets itself apart with its heady
combination of spatial awareness, melodic flow and rhythmic acuity."
"Johnson's articulation is spot on ... [the] rhythm section accompaniment
is phenomenal, indicative of all the qualities that make for great
jazz = great listeners.... this debut album introduces Russ Johnson
as an artist to keep an ear on for the future."