Blood And Thunder | Reviews

Downbeat Magazine ***1/2 (John Ephland) Jan. 2009

“This smart set of tunes balances alto and tenor with guitar in some great musical conversations.”

Jazz Times Magazine (Bill Milkowski) Dec. 2008

“This winning disc works on many levels…His compositional style skillfully blends sophisticated harmonies and counterpoint with an engaging melodicism that sticks with the listener…”

Jazz Review Magazine (Jim Weir) Nov. 2008

“Here’s something. No grand-standing; no God-bothering; no dour abstractions or bland parsing of the harmonic code; instead an album of the purest and most delightful melody. Irwin looks like he just won the science prize at high school, but he plays like a bruised angel…I earnestly suggest you track this one down. If it doesn’t delight and move you, you might find that you actually died in the night.”

Jazzwise Magazine *** (Robert Shore)

“It’s neither avant-garde nor self-consciously innovative, but that doesn’t stop Aaron Irwin’s second outing as leader from being a gently dazzling affair in a straight ahead kinda way. That’s partly because, though still only 30, the US altoist is a composer of distinction, and the seven (out of nine) originals here all display an admirable fund of melodic invention…”

Blogcritics Magazine (Jordan Richardson)

Blood and Thunder is a courageous and crisp jazz record. It is appealing, absorbing, and affectionate. Irwin’s command over the music is immaculate, as he leads his group through his harmonious universe with the style and grace of a truly great musician. His original compositions are astonishing in their beauty and his work with a pair of classics is similarly stunning.” (blogcritics.org)

Irish Times **** (Ray Comiskey)

“A gifted crafsman, Irwin, as composer, soloist and leader, defines this impressive album.” (irishtimes.com)

IMPROVIJAZZATION Nation (Rotcod Zzaj)

“This is high-talent & energy at it‘s best… gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from my ears!” (zzaj.freehostia.com)

EJazz News (George W. Carroll)

“This is a guy with a unique signature plus a definite singular personal dimension with what he sends out to us artistically.”
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AllAboutJazz.com (Dan McClenaghan)

This is an especially fine set by a talented up-and-coming artist who put together a great band for this outing.” allaboutjazz.com