Down Beat - 3/95, p.484.5 Stars
- Very Good Plus - "...one of the finest displays of bebop bari on record....Brignola blows the house down....a combination of inventive logic and on-the-edge-of-your-seat swing. The rest of the band is at one with the leader..."
Jazziz - 6/95, p.95
"...the great baritonist happily jams...with an all-star quintet....a particularly strong set of music that does not require a road map in order to enjoy it."
Personnel: Nick Brignola (soprano & baritone saxophones, clarinet); Claudio Roditi (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Hicks (piano); George Mraz (bass); Dick Berk (drums).
Personnel: Nick Brignola (clarinet, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone); Claudio Roditi (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Hicks (piano); Dick Berk (drums).
Some jazz recordings take pages to explain and analyze. Such is not the case with Nick Brignola's Reservoir release, for the great baritonist (who ranks up with Gerry Mulligan, Hamiet Bluiett, and Ronnie Cuber as pacesetters on the instrument in the mid-'90s) jams four standards and three straight-ahead originals with an all-star quintet also featuring trumpeter Claudio Roditi and pianist John Hicks. In addition to his many robust baritone solos, Brignola has excellent outings on clarinet ("More Than You Know") and soprano. With bassist George Mraz and drummer Dick Berk ably supporting the group and both Roditi and Hicks heard at the peak of their powers, Brignola's album is a strong set of bop-oriented music. ~ Scott Yanow