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"Not since Kenny Garrett's Standard of Language and Terence Blanchard's Bounce has there been a post bop album this exciting...not for the faint-at-heart; this is vital, energized music that is captivating from start to finish. Keith Javors and the entire group deserve to reach a larger audience."

-AllAboutJazz.com

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"Javors distinguishes himself as a bandleader intent on collective envelope-pushing...It's full steam ahead for this potent sextet."

-Jazz Times (Bill Milkowski)

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“Jazz pianist (and one of my favorites) Keith Javors succeeds in his endeavor to create an emotionally filled memorial...He has a distinct propensity to bring a variance of color to his music, and so he does with his exceptional sojourn into his artistic and expressive journey of solid and viable piano jazz.”

-Cabaret Exchange

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"The degree of hard work, patience, study, blood, sweat and tears necessary to produce a band of this quality is phenomenal." 

-Jazz Now

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“The go-to man who seizes the moment, while at the same time opening the doors of perception, not only for himself to explore, but also for the other musicians, who quickly latch on to the openings he has created.”

-Shadoplay/AllAboutJazz

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“Javors provides solid underpinning throughout and takes marvelous solos to boot.”

-Chico News & Review (Miles Jordan)

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“Chris Potter and Keith Javors play Nancy with the Laughing Face, sometimes wistful, sometimes hopeful, but always uplifting…The musicians clearly have invested their creativity and emotions to [the record’s] success."  

-Saxophone Journal (Frank Bongiorno)

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“As a jazz band, the Detroit collective is darned good.”

-Jazz Scene (University of Oregon) (Kyle O’Brien)

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"If this is a sign of the harmony that can exist between two nations that were once fierce rivals, we need to introduce jazz in North Korea, Afghanistan etc.!”

-O's Notes

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“Magical fingers…Keith’s solo is clearly superior to many players on the scene these days.”

-Improvijazznation (Rotcod Zzaj)

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“The somber tones of the piano keys exude a torchlight atmospheric as [Chris] Potter’s sax joins in using an amorous touch in the luxuriating motifs and mesmerizing hooks.”

-Jazz Times (Susan Frances) 

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"A great, high-octane session featuring the incredible Keith Javors on piano."

-JazzChicago.net(2009 Chicago Jazz Festival)

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"There's a freshness here like Spring after an extremely severe winter.  Keith Javors is a creative force with an urgent message that cannot be denied."

-Bunky Green

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“The public felt it. It was bewitching. Someone could even think that the audience was hypnotized – smiles glued to happy faces and head nodding with rhythms of Afro-American melodies.” 

-"Youth", March 18th, 2009 №11, Yaroslavl

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"Javors is a hard-working pianist: behind a grand piano he shows very solid preparation, huge knowledge of harmony and wide jazz erudition...the Russian-American ensemble was awarded with a hot applause by the audience." 

-Jazz.ru

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“The type of forward-looking recording that grows in interest with each listen and is a perfect example of 21st century jazz.”

-Scott Yanow, author and jazz critic

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“An enjoyable album that bridges the mainstream/contemporary divide with aplomb.”

-The Jazzmann

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“This is a fine bebop quartet with Boris Kozlov (b), E.J. Strickland (d) and co producers Oleg Kireyev (sax) and Keith Javors (p).  If this is a sign of the harmony that can exist between two nations that were once fierce rivals, we need to introduce jazz in North Korea, Afghanistan etc.!”

-O's Notes

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“Kireyev and Javors have a lot of common ground and the two of them are very much in sync…Kireyev’s rapport with Javors is as strong on the contemplative ‘What Is Love’ as it is on the mildly funky ‘Chinatown.”

-Jazz Inside Magazine

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"A classy session and one which breaks down the barriers between mainstream and modern.”

-Shadoplay/AllAboutJazz

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“Quite attractive contemporary jazz...I like ‘Rhyme and Reason’ ”

-Gapplegate Music Review

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“Javors works seamlessly with Kireyev…This quartet played with purpose, polish and precision. But most importantly, they still swung.”

-Jazz Society of Oregon

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 “A perfectly good Bud Shank album….Lovely.”

-Voice Jazz Consumer Guide (A- Rating)

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 “Springtime begins with an interlude that seems totally improvised, showcasing Kozlov’s bowing skills, Kireyev’s ability to sputter through high-speed flurries of notes, and Javors’ more aggressive tendencies before launching into a high-speed workout…A very well-played, utterly mainstream, straightahead record.  If you need one more of those in your collection, this is a good one.”

-BurningAmbulance Blog

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“Executions are well-crafted songs are quite long and well arranged, intelligent architecture, designed to coordinate that four without the banality of jam sessions. A listening repeated disc allows you to appreciate them for what they do from this point of view. "Chinatown" is a beautiful composition, the rest, however, is all material value and well arranged (and this is the strong point of the album).”

-All About Jazz - Italy

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"Javors deserves a big pay raise for guiding and inspiring this 19-piece band to excellence.  This band is simply a knockout." 

-Jazz Times Education Issue

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"Javors gives the lie to the trite statement that those who can't, teach. The young professor leads a piping hot quintet from his piano chair. Like a latter-day Blakey outfit, the listener is witness to searing solo cascading over searing solo as if emerging molten from the depths of an active volcano."

-Ejazznews.com

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"Well worth checking into, his tunes cover a canvas of varied territories and energies interpreted by a tight unity in timefeel and mutual alertness in improvisation. Javors satisfies an appetite for the musically punctuated with surprising twists and turns."

-Jazz Education Journal

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"A charismatic and deeply talented man."

-Florida Times Union

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"An elegant, charming album that shines both in its carefully crafted compositions as well as top-notch performance…An atmospheric spirit that can compete with the most rare of imported, red wines...a must-have for followers of Kenny Garrett and Mulgrew Miller."

-CD Baby Editorial

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"Javors displays his considerable talents as a potent pianist, a creative composer, and an inspired improviser, in addition to the leadership ability he clearly displays as the person in charge of this fiery, hard hitting ensemble."

-Russ Musto (Village Voice)

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"An impressive debut recording...invites the listener back for a repeated outing."

-Rufus Reid

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“A ear opening set creative music fans are sure to dig.”

-Midwest Record

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"Nice band. Nice tunes. Nice blowing by all concerned."

-Phil Woods

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"Keith Javors played tastefully all night."

-The Dallas Morning News (w/ Gerry Mulligan)

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"An improviser of extremely high caliber…a collective spirit of "going for it" that brings the music joyously to life."

-Chris Potter

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"This is 21st century music at its best a fresh insight into where Jazz is going.  Keith Javors' virtuosic piano playing combines subtlety and power, and he has surrounded himself with a group of musicians who will take you on an exciting voyage of discovery, towards the Jazz future."

-Conrad Herwig

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"The quartet doesn't stray far from ghosts of the Motor City sound.  Javors knows what it takes to craft a listenable album…doesn't override with aimless strokes."

-Bloomington Independent

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"Take notice of Keith Javors.  This gentleman offers us superior solos throughout this recording."

-Byron Stripling

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"There are some quite mature soloists, especially in the case of Keith Javors on piano."

-Bobby Shew

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“Smooth and harmonious…everyone takes care of business.”

-Cadence Magazine

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"I truly enjoyed listening to this quartet. The group and individual efforts are outstanding. I’m sure that this group will make its mark on the scene."

-Stefan Karlsson

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“Javors has added a few wrinkles of his own to produce a colorful studio session of straight-ahead jazz that leaps and dances with boldness and finesse…robust improvisations."

-AllAboutJazz.com

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“It takes a musician’s true artistic love and commitment to the art to really peer through his or her music to find this type of end.  A brilliant, structured, and well-conceived album."

-Ronald Jackson, Jazz Review.com

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“Javors' updating of the jazz idiom doesn't reek of a desperate attempt at commercialization, but rather seems more like an honest effort to bridge the gap between old and new...The Free Project is an interesting release that will keep the listener off-balance nicely with its sense of musical freedom, while marking Javors as an artist with a colorful palette of sound.”

-Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net

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"Readily an object of commendation, the UNF Jazz Ensemble 1 justifies its winning recognition.  Laudable performances reflect sustained effective efforts by Director Javors."

-Jazz Educators Journal

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"There is serious management behind this band…a hard working ensemble that cares, and it shows."

-Jazz Now

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"The ensemble never misses a cue or misreads a note, enabling Keith Javors to score a bulls-eye on his second album as director. When all is said and written, university-level ensembles simply don't get much better than this, and I have no Second Thoughts about recommending the album to anyone who appreciates a well-endowed contemporary big band."

-AllAboutJazz.com

 

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