Into The Light | Reviews

The New Yorker – Jazz Notes – Best of 2006! (Steve Futterman)

“Irwin is a lyrical alto saxophonist and a compelling original composer, as well as a canny bandleader. Unconcerned about sharing space on his dèbut with another horn player, Irwin calls on the seasoned tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, and their interplay injects subtle tension into imaginative interpretations of Porter‘s “So in Love” and even “All the Things You Are.” (newyorker.com)

Jazz Times (Forrest Dylan Bryant)

“Time is elastic in Aaron Irwin‘s universe, expanding and contracting capriciously. As Irwin‘s lithe, straightforward alto sax playing jostles with Rich Perry‘s resilient tenor, Ryan Scott‘s moody guitar and the mercurial rhythm section, his tunes melt like Dali‘s watches, with each soloist allowed to redefine the tempo at will…it also generates thoughtful dialogues, crunchy little grooves and moments of great emotive power.”

All Music Guide **** (Scott Yanow)

“Whether floating out-of-tempo or swinging hard, Irwin‘s music is full of surprises and is consistently unpredictable. This CD grows in interest with each listen and is highly recommended.”

Irish Times *** (Ray Comiskey)

“He‘s come up with an album of notable charm and intimacy.”


“The best, though, is the leader‘s low-keyed fantasia on “So in Love.” In the Cole Porter classic, the saxes trade lovely phrases in chamber group fashion. Scott‘s guitar accents in the background and Ritchie‘s cymbal work contribute much to the transcendent beauty of the piece. This CD should indeed put Irwin and his group into the light.” (jazzreview.com)

Allaboutjazz.com (Budd Kopman)

“Still shy of thirty, Aaron Irwin has very mature musical instincts and an eclectic taste, with playing that is rhythmically quite free and unpredictable and compositions with a broad stylistic range.” (allaboutjazz.com)

Cadence Magazine Oct. 2006 (Derek Taylor)

“The two horns align particularly well over the lush opening harmonies of “The Point,” sailing atop a fluttering backdrop of gentle thrumming bass, guilded guitar chords, and rippling drum patter. Following a beautiful extended statement from Perry, Irwin‘s closing solo on the piece delivers some of his most impassioned and freer leaning playing of the set against Scott‘s mewling whale song tones…Irwin‘s recording career is just getting rolling, but the merits of this well rounded release single him out as one to watch in the future.”

George W. Carroll/The Musicians’ Ombudsman

“I remember my first impression after imbibing the soft, mellow, but ‘utterly attached to the jazz idiom’ sound of this young turk, Aaron Irwin…….And, saying…..Yea!! This is a jazz artist we must reckon with. Aaron Irwin & his sax are here to stay. His delivery can sound bitter & sweet……soft & strained……..Even pure & distorted…….All from the backdrop of someone well trained in his craft. My sense is Aaron relies on spontaneity to such an extent that he can imbue a performance with ups & downs that engender us with a sense of wonder. All in all, this project is a study in ‘stylistic freshness’ in real time.” (ejazznews.com)