Big Band Reviews

"[Slonaker´s] music is contemporary in the best sense of the word, harmonically sophisticated yet always accessible thanks to an unswerving reliance on time-honored melodies and rhythms. In other words, this is big-band jazz that quickens the pulse, swings hard and enhances the tradition." 
- Jack Bowers, All About Jazz 

"The best of big band music incorporates tight harmonies, is propelled by punchy rhythms, and offers lyrical solo beauty, and that´s all to be found in Intrada. No wonder the disc has just been awarded a Grammy nomination as best large jazz ensemble album." 
- Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 

"A throwback to the glory days of arrangers…A dynamic set with a big band populated by the crème of contemporary jazz, this is one of those sets that looks forward while looking back." 
- Chris Spector, Midwest Review 

"…arranged and conducted by Dave Slonaker it harkens back to the days when the large group was as much an arrangers vehicle…" 
- Larry Hollis, Cadence 

"This is the smoothest orchestra that I´ve heard in years. The arrangements are superb; the solo work, distributed among the cadre of artists, is sensational." 
- Ric Bang, Jazz Scan 

"…all of the performances on Intrada will be enjoyed by fans of modern jazz ensembles…a very impressive debut for the Dave Slonaker Big Band." 
- Scott Yanow, Jazz Inside Magazine 

"Fresh and invigorating, and highly listenable, this is some premium stuff!" 
- George Fendel, Oregon Jazz Scene