Ezra Weiss

Our Path To This Moment – Press Quotes

“A bold, inspired figure in the contemporary jazz arranging scene.”
-Josef Woodard, DownBeat

“This is jazz orchestral music of the highest order—with the essence of Ellington and jazz scores for movies like Jerry Goldsmith’s Chinatown and David Amram’s Manchurian Candidate. A cliche-free concept album with sophisticated zeal.”
-Marc Meyers, JazzWax

“Just the right ratio of compositional thoughtfulness to expansive, yet understated, big-band verve.”
-Lissette Corsa, JazzIz

“Weiss traces the contours of the big band format with the sublime Our Path to this Moment, a culmination of a dozen years of desire… This record takes the compositional spirit to the stars with an intelligent and entertaining sense of evolution.”
-Jordan Richardson’s “Top Albums for 2012,” Something Else!

“Composer / arranger Ezra Weiss epitomizes “contemporary” in the best sense of the word… It is Weiss’s burnished arrangements that entice the ear, as he paints a series of entrancing sound-pictures that are progressive in nature while well-grounded in the musical essentials: melody, harmony and rhythm. Our Path to This Moment embodies one more forward step for contemporary big bands, one that is remarkably engaging by any measure.”
-Jack Bowers’ “Big Band Report,” All About Jazz

“Weiss’ approach to composing bristles with clarity and purpose that promote enduring trust and interest in the listener… This work defines Weiss’ maturity, presence, and stature as a formidable jazz composer.”
-C. J. Bond, Jazmuzic.com

“One of today’s young masters.”
-Bruce Crowther, Jazz Mostly

“What is immediately apparent in listening to Ezra’s CD is the dynamic range and lyrical power of his compositions.”
-Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

“This is one of the most significant jazz albums of the year so far.”
-Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News

“There are some deep ideas here as Weiss takes the luxury of time and explores them in depth.”
Carl F. Gauze, Ink 19

“The star here is the post-modern writing of Weiss.”
-Bob Karlovits, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“Clear, focused, direct, intuitive and brightly accessible…”
-Alan Young, Lucid Culture

“Gifted with innate musicality…”
-Ridhu, AltSounds

“Weiss and his charges have a wonderful pure music date for the serious listener that just wants to fall back into a pillow/cloud of great sounds that dismisses the travails of the real world for an hour.”
-Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Though a long journey for Weiss to get to this point, with Our Path To This Moment, the trek comes to quite a pleasurable conclusion.”
-Edward Blanco, All About Jazz


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