Reviews of "Evolution"
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Evolution picked as one of the TOP 10 Jazz Releases of 2009 by Jazz journalist Gene Seymour. “Gordon’s gorgeous tone, solid center of gravity and quicksilver facility on the saxophone were never in question from the time he won the prestigious Monk competition in 1996. What has gone relatively unnoticed, however, are his considerable gifts as a composer and bandleader; all of which get their most formidable display on this ambitious, varied blend of pieces for large ensemble, duo (with pianist Bill Charlap) and string section. Each piece, no matter what its design or tactics, braces you with a dual charge of broadening possibilities and heightened stakes. The effort alone reinforces one’s certainty that jazz, in whatever form or venue, has a future for anyone who isn’t afraid to issue or take a dare.”

Evolution picked as one of the top Jazz c.d’s released in 09 by Jazz Journalist Neil Tesser- “On his inspiring Evolution (ArtistShare), Jon Gordon places his piquant alto in settings that range from sax-piano duo to string trio to chamber jazz ensemble, in a tour-de-force from an under-the-radar master.”

The Jazz Journal-"Evolution was one of the Best Jazz Records of 2009"- Brian Morton

Evolution picked as one of the Top Jazz Releases of 09 by the Penguin Guide to Jazz.

All About Jazz Italy- Evolution rated 4+1/2 stars out of 5.

The term "chamber jazz" seems inadequate to describe the brilliant music on the new CD by saxophonist Jon Gordon. Aside from the rhythm section, there are horns and strings, all beautifully arranged by Gordon and trombonist Alan Ferber, but the album still manages to be far more subversive than the word "chamber" would suggest. The instrumentation is just the right combination for compositions that surprise the listener at every turn. Gordon's title tune is an absolute knock out, with horns snaking their way through as strings build in the background. Part of the...
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Evolution recieves rave reviews!...

Evolution picked as one of the TOP 10 Jazz Releases of 2009 by Jazz journalist Gene Seymour.
Evolution picked as one of the top Jazz c.d’s released in 09 by Jazz Journalist Neil Tesser.
The Jazz Journal-"Evolution was one of the Best Jazz Records of 2009"- Brian Morton
Evolution picked as one of the Top Jazz Releases of 09 by the Penguin Guide to Jazz.
All About Jazz Italy- Evolution rated 4+1/2 stars out of 5.
The term "chamber jazz" seems inadequate to describe the brilliant music on the new CD by saxophonist Jon Gordon... clearly a stunning ensemble recording. - Rochester City Paper, Ron Netsky


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"Gordon has created a multi faceted statement that invites repeated investigations. He's onto something important."- 4 + 1/2 Stars-Kirk Silsbee- Down Beat

Jon Gordon is a master. His compositions, improvisation, tone, and technical virtuosity set him apart as an elite musician for our time.-Jazz Improv NY-Brandon Bernstein

Jon Gordon is easily one of the top alto saxophonists of his generation.-Ken Dryden-All About Jazz
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WAYNE SHORTER-"Gordon has embraced the history of his instrument, carrying with it the ability to extend music as a universal language."

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