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“Amazing fire and energy…”




“Immaculate taste…”




“A muscular, assertive saxophonist whose fluent solos show a strong sense of direction. Many would say that this is how the contemporary tenor ought to sound. It's also often said that the true test of a jazz musician is on a ballad, and here again Joel Purnell passes magnificently… a tour de force… A thoroughly satisfying set by a fine band…”




“Beautiful writing and playing…”




“…glints of Coltrane in the impressively achieved solos of headlining saxophonist Joel Purnell. Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended…”




"…a full and warm tenor sound, strong phrasing and an individual voice, but most importantly, he swings..!"




“…The Joel Purnell Quartet in exhilaratingly hard-charging form…”




“Fire breathing solos…”




“...the kind of attacking, melodically twisting approach that shows how powerfully he has absorbed the legacy of Michael Brecker. A subtle tone-colourist on ballads, Purnell is sensitively supported by Sheriff on piano, and the surefooted bass/drums team of Zoltan Dekany and John Perry… a high-class band with plenty of character.”




“Leading the way on tenor sax, Purnell showcases a stylish set of ten original compositions backed by the adventurous bass lines of Europe's Zoltan Dekany… Purnell's music features enough verve and creativity to lift it a few notches above standard mainstream offerings. Sheriff's outstanding support exposes an artist destined for a bright jazz future. Ranging from the delicate to the dynamic, Purnell's studio performances are certain to please fans of his impressive live shows.”




 “A brilliant piece of original jazz composition - an impressive statement of hard hitting, post bop influenced modern jazz…”




“...well-sprung rhythmic support from Dekany and Perry push the likes of ‘N.Y. Shadow' along at a nice clip while Purnell consistently steals the spotlight with long, lyrical lines that snake off in surprising directions. With a style reminiscent of (earlyish) John Coltrane, Purnell's got more than enough ideas to shine on the ten-minute-plus ballad ‘This Is How I Knew' and the hard-driving tite track that closes this impressive set.”

Jerry Bergonzi – International Jazz Saxophonist & Educator




James Griffiths - The Guardian









Pete Martin – Jazz UK




Dennis Rollins – International Jazz Trombonist & Educator






Christopher Hirst - The Independent





Andrea Michelutti - International Jazz Drummer & Educator





Andrew Vine - The Yorkshire Post




Tom Barlow - Jazzwise Magazine









John Fordham - The Guardian












Peter Sykes – Jazz 100





CD Baby – US Record Distributor











Robert Shore – Jazzwise Magazine






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