"An engaging and varied set of original compositions are enhanced by some first rate arrangements and the playing, both individually and collectively, is superb throughout....(Lyons) impresses with his power, imagination and fluency.....demonstrating his abilities on soprano with a slippery solo.... He more than holds his own in this illustrious company." ⋆⋆⋆⋆
Ian Mann www.thejazzmann.com
"The mood is mostly reflective, predominantly minor, modal and legato, bringing to mind Kenny Wheeler’s chorale-like writing. Fans of that style should find plenty to relish as some leading local soloists take flight over Lyons’ thoughtful, tasteful creations."
Mark Gilbert www.jazzjournal.co.uk
"The title track benefits from lithe solos, first from Lyons on soprano sax, followed by Ben McDonnell on guitar and an exciting ensemble finale. Lyons should be congratulated for bringing together some consistently solid arrangements to his eight self-penned imaginative compositions presented here." ⋆⋆⋆ 1/2
Roger Farbey www.allaboutjazz.com
"Lyons is probably more of a composer in the new Cool School domain primarily. Anyone into Lee Konitz or Martin Speake will probably gravitate towards his approach as might late-1940s Royal Roost vintage Milesians." ⋆⋆⋆1/2
Stephen Marlbank www.marlbank.com
"Tenor saxophonist Lyons has made an album of spiritual pieces for a band of 11 UK jazz luminaries. Yazz Ahmed's flugelhorn on the meditative 'So long, Suwon' is a highlight.
"Given the quality of the musicians, the solo improvisations do not disappoint....there are sections where this biggish band delights, generating drama and excitement."
"Whilst the solos are first rate they never overstay their welcome, creating a balance between compositional flow and temperature-raising interludes.....This impressive debut, elegant and heartfelt, holds the promise of greater things to come. Lyons evidently possesses the tools to create something truly edifying and with he lays down solid foundations to that end." ⋆⋆⋆ 1/2
Ian Patterson www.allaboutjazz.com
"The crowd was soon captured by the power and style of Lyons' original charts and the many-layered riches contained within...in fact the beauty of Lyons' little-big band lay in its hybrid nature - harbouring the flexibility to switch between groove and swing modes and more orchestral soundscapes with ease."
Ian Patterson allaboutjazz.com
"Jeremy Lyons is a true talent. Playing music from their new CD (Vestige) yet you engage with it. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is a deeper quality to his playing and composing than his peers. We just don't get to hear this quality of musician often enough here."
Terry Corr soulfoodradio.com