Reviews

“There are lots of jazz guitarists out there who can play in a Django-Grappelli style, and many who can play bop or Latin jazz. But not many of them are equally comfortable in all of those styles, and that’s just part of what makes Josh Workman very special as a guitarist and bandleader.”
-Rick Anderson, All Music Guide (read full review)

“…genuine integrity and soul on each and every track…[‘Jumpin’ At The Border’] is one of the most enjoyable albums I have heard so far this year and I would recommend it to anyone.”
-Joe Knipes, Jazz Improv Magazine

“An ambitious effort…some well-played jazz.”
-John Ephland, DownBeat Magazine

“…a phenomenal musician…Workman’s rich CD contexts and amazing performances serve as inspirational examples for jazz guitarists young and old. It is a spectacular maiden voyage.”
-Dr. Herb Wong, Jazz Education Journal

(Blue Chip Award – among the top four instrumentals of 2004)

“Even the most talented musician can have a tough time presenting a variety of styles on a single CD. There’s always the danger of turning the recording into a hodgepodge that satisfies no one, no matter how dazzling the individual numbers. Bay Area jazz guitarist Josh Workman solved this puzzle with flair on his 2004 release, “Jumpin’ at the Border,” his first as a leader. The CD showcases Workman’s ability to plug into bebop, Brazilian, blues, Latin and gypsy jazz. The “solution” is the pulsing energy that sweeps through every track, in every style, and unifies the proceedings.”
-Jerry Karp, San Francisco Chronicle (read full interview)

“…a great talent…[Josh Workman] can clearly burn – and his clear tone and crisp articulation are constants in his playing…an excellent player with a fine band.”
-Jason Bivins, Cadence Magazine

“…as good as it gets…Workman proves a traditionalist who’s not afraid to kick it up a little.”
Vintage Guitar Magazine

“…indeed a highlight of this year.”
All About Jazz

“This is a delightful set with guitarist Josh Workman displaying impressive versatility…easily recommended and thoroughly enjoyable…”
-Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene (December 2004 issue)

“…a smooth-as-silk jazz guitarist with an ear for Latin grooves…”
Hispanic Magazine

“It’s a fun 72 minutes…Four-stars”
The Montreal Gazette (Canada)

“…Workman’s playing which, regardless of style, demonstrates a devotion to authenticity, while at the same time staying approachable and consistently engaging.”
-All About Jazz (read full review)

“Workman is an unusual talent…a true all-rounder and a good time guitarist…”
-Jack Massarik, Jazzwise Magazine (UK)

“‘Jumpin’ At The Border’ is an always-swinging, eclectic collection of dynamic performances…This is an impressive debut that is another good reason to return to the City by the Bay”
-Joseph Blake, The Times Colonist (Victoria, B.C.)

“Heart-throb and gentleman jazz guitarist Josh Workman bathes us immediately with gleeful improvisations, seasoned with an array of interesting harmonies & chord progressions. Workman and his group are an obvious gathering of highly experienced journeymen players who still enjoy their gifts and have no problem plying their wares on us, their discriminating audience.”
-George Carroll, JazzReview

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