Previously unrecorded arrangement by Gil Evans: HOW HIGH THE MOON
Previously unrecorded arrangement by Gil Evans, featuring vocalist Wendy Gilles: CAN'T WE TALK IT OVER
AMAZING solo by Mat Jodrell (trumpet): DAVENPORT BLUES
- Nate Chinen, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"The gorgeous lilt of Evans' still startling original arrangements for horns is preserved, not in the aspic of academia but in the living, breathing performances of a group of New York’s finest musicians such as Evans might have selected himself."
- Cormac Larkin, THE IRISH TIMES ****
"Superb renderings of some of the finest writing of the postwar big band period. Players are uniformly excellent, but the star "soloist" is the elegant ensemble amalgams that Truesdell found hiding among brass and reeds that others had missed. He makes familiar material worth hearing again. Buy it."
- John McDonough, DOWNBEAT ****½
"This celebration of composer/arranger... Gil Evans is extraordinary in so many respects: it’s a document of rare arrangements; demonstrates Evans' vision; suggests how vital a live setting is to the scope of the music; and reintroduces a new master as he assembles some of New York's finest jazz musicians to keep alive the Evans ideal."
- Donald Elfman, THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
"The 25-strong band produces potent music and the audience is suitably responsive and appreciative... Truesdell and his cohorts are much more than a repertory band, and they have a damn good shot at evoking the spirit of one of the icons of 20th century jazz."
- Andy Boeckstaens, LONDON JAZZ NEWS
"The orchestra's big sound is made unimposing by its abundance of warmth. An amazing album that repeatedly provides a sense of liftoff."
- Dave Sumner, BIRD IS THE WORM
"One thing's for sure: Lines Of Color is another Truesdell triumph."
- Dan Bilawsky, ALL ABOUT JAZZ ****½
"Evans' music could not have a better conductor than the committed, meticulous and passionate Ryan Truesdell. This is big band jazz at its majestic best."
- Glen Hall, EXCLAIM.CA
"What does it say about the state of jazz in general that we have musicians of such dazzling ability and passion as those Truesdell has assembled here? And that Truesdell himself has the vision and abilities to reach across the ages and bring these musical riches back to life? Only good things, I tell you, only good things. This is magnificent music."
- Tim Wilkins, WBGO.ORG
"This album offers the beauty of hearing a large ensemble playing together in the same room. There's an energy that the musicians and the audience bring to the proceedings that adds to the charm and complexity of this music. Truesdell delivers the music with precision, thanks to a cast of New York's best musicians. Lines Of Color is nothing short of exhilarating."
- Frank Alkyer, DOWNBEAT, Editor's Pick (March 2015)
"It's a beautiful record, a must for the Evans aficionado and anyone interested in innovative compositional-arranged big band sounds from the last century. It captures your ears from the start and gives you a full picture of Gil Evans and the great artist he was. Highly recommended!"
- Grego Applegate Edwards, GAPPLEGATE MUSIC REVIEW
"[Lines of Color] is something to savor… I know the sound of the Standard very well and this disc captures the ambiance. Every line is clear, the dynamics (loud and soft) ring out, and the colors are lush."
- Fred Kaplan, STEREOPHILE
"Lines of Color is a wonderful reminder of the great work Gil Evans produced over the 4+ decades of his career. The music does not sound dated but alive, an excellent reminder that jazz is a living and ever-evolving art form and that it can be fun! Kudos to all involved, especially Ryan Truesdell."
- Richard Kamins, STEP TEMPEST
"Ryan Truesdell and his extraordinary ensemble has an energy, drive and polish entirely apt for the compelling admixture of Gil Evans' magical "lost" works. The deft yielding rubatos in the slow movements afford an irresistible warmth which provide a compelling foil to the directional focus and visceral originality of the playing, especially in the reconstruction...of these pieces. Absolutely nothing is missing here: certainly not the soft-edged radiance of the arrangements and this is also music-making which can only ravish in its undimmed personality and artistic ambition."
- Raul da Gama, JAZZDAGAMA
"Truesdell's passion and dedication have rendered this band more than a simple repertory ensemble. On its second outing, the ensemble is a precise research tool. His obsession is our reward."
- John Corbett, DOWNBEAT ****
*** TWO 2013 JJA JAZZ AWARD WINS! ***
-- Record of the Year (Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans)
-- Large Ensemble of the Year (Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project)
*** 2013 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER!! ***
-- Best Instrumental Arrangement (How About You; Gil Evans, arranger)
*** THREE 2013 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS! ***
-- Best Large Jazz Ensemble
-- Best Instrumental Arrangement (How About You)
-- Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist (Look To The Rainbow)
UK JazzFM Awards Nominee - Album of the Year
"Les Coups De Coeur" from France's Académie Charles Cros
BEST OF 2012
No. 1 Jazz Album - SUNDAY TIMES, LONDON
Top 10 Albums (All Genres) - NEW YORK TIMES
Top 10 Jazz Albums - NPR Music
Top 100 Songs (All Genres) - Punjab - NPR Music
No. 4 of Top 50 Albums - JAZZTIMES
No. 3 Jazz Album - OTTAWA CITIZEN
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Release - NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
Best Debut Album (#1) - RHAPSODY CRITIC'S POLL
Best Albums (#4) - RHAPSODY CRITIC'S POLL
"One of the essential jazz recordings of the new millennium."
- Thomas Conrad, JAZZTIMES
"An extraordinary album… the execution is impeccable, as is the recording quality, with a depth and transparency that capture the endless nuance of the writing"
– Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES
"[Centennial] is a US national treasure that deserves a place in the Smithsonian Institute and every jazz record library. It is a Hope Diamond for everyone to enjoy often."
– Victor L. Schermer, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Truesdell has done it right. The outcome is stunning. It is finally possible to experience all the inner detail of an Evans ensemble, and to ride aloft with the orchestra when it erupts."
– Thomas Conrad, STEREOPHILE, *****, Recording of the Month (May 2012)
"The 'OMG' jazz record of 2012”
– Jeff Simon, BUFFALO NEWS
"This is a stupendous album that deserves a "best of the year" award. When you listen, you’re in the company of geniuses."
– Ric Bang, JAZZ SCAN
"[Centennial] will no doubt be considered one of the most significant jazz releases of 2012."
– Scott Albin, JAZZTIMES
"The year's most illuminating act of jazz repertory was this bright and meticulous album by Mr. Truesdell... The playing is impeccable, as is the ensemble blend, underscoring both the composer's genius and the interpreter’s clear vision."
– Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES
"Centennial is Truesdell's loving 100th birthday present to a sadly departed giant of jazz, but it's also a gift to the world. It doesn't get any better than this."
– Dan Bilawsky, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"All this music comes together to make not just one of the most memorable repertoire albums, but quite simply one of the most memorable albums in a long, long time."
– Raul da Gama, THE WORLD MUSIC REPORT
"10 out of 10. If you don't like this, you don't like music. Buy it. Listen to it. Love it."
– Liam McManus, POPMATTERS
"[Centennial] is indeed a wondrous treasure, and Truesdell and Evans deserve the highest praise. This is absolutely essential listening."
– Chris Coulter, JAZZ HISTORY ONLINE
"The playing and singing on [Centennial] is marvelous… No matter which track grabs you ear here, you’ll dig the sonic layering and colors that emerged from Evans’ musical imagination."
– Ken Franckling, JAZZ NOTES
"10 tunes realized so beautifully and brilliantly that they should win a Grammy for Truesdell and a second posthumous Grammy for Evans."
– Steve Elman, THE ART FUSE
"It's is a major Evans disk, a triumph, a delight in every sense. Thank you for the selfless effort Mr. Truesdell, and thank you band! This is one to treasure."
– Grego Applegate Edwards, GAPPLEGATE MUSIC REVIEW