"An ambitious, beautifully rendered album...Jewell and his quartet play with a group dynamic that is exhilarating in every facet."
-Terrell Holmes, New York City Jazz Record
"His playing is of great grace and poetry...(the band) always creates solos that are of vital energy and lascivious melancholy."
-Volkmar Mantei, Ragazzi Music
"...think of 'Dawn of Midi' meets Keith Jarrett's classic quartet with Motion, Haden & Redman."
-All About Jazz
"A lilt, a tinkle, a wistful thought. Jagged modernism, jungly rumble. NYC saxist Jewell and his mates (Qasim Naqvi, Sam Minaie, Amino Belyamani) show that the truest, most personal comprovisation continues to get channeled through CalArts..."
-Greg Burk, Metaljazz.com
"One of the most rewarding albums of 2011."
-Michael Anderson, Geardiary
"Jewell and his quartet have their own unique sound and style...The album acts as a stepping stone inspiring multiple investigations into all of these cultural influences. It's a great journey, and we look forward to more music from this talented young artist."
-Mark McKinney, Artsology
"Ochion Jewell has written music which is immediately spiritual in outlook and very mature in content...tempo changes, rubato sections, modal ostinato riffs, romantic melodies that gently unfold, and even some driving post Coltrane(ish) ideas...the playing (from the musicians) on the album is impeccable, played with just the right amount of solo space, in/out playing and no wasted notes."
-Joe Higham, Cardboard Music
"This is a great sounding band, and really original music. A totally unique sound...The balance that is struck is perfect...Band synergy, as everyone is feeling everything together, from the dynamics, to rhythmic play, just taking the sonic trip with ears wide open...building, rising, sound filling the space, heavy but light. What a great record! A great sounding conceptual work that really is in the tradition of the jazz suite, while maintaining a new fresh modern sound."
-Matt Smiley, Fail Better
"...music that flows like a river."
-Free Jazz Blog
"An ambitious, multi-movement work."
-Jason Crane, The Jazz Session
"Ochion's music is as much an artistic experience as it is a musical one."
-Kentucky Center for the Arts
"an exploration...not afraid to flaunt its eclecticism."
-On an Overgrown Path