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Fred Jung
L.A Jazz Scene, October 1999

"(David) Sills and (Dean) Koba are two young players that those outside of Los Angeles should definitely be hip to. They are both poised to break out and step up to another level, so better hop on now because the seats on their bandwagon are filing up fast. The music on their self-titled Naxos debut is thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end, but Jobim's 'Felicidade' and Finlay's original 'Bye The Grace' are two of its runaway winners. 'Felicidade' shows just why Sills is one of LA's finest tenors. Joe Henderson's influence hangs over Sills' playing slightly, but the tenor saxophonist wisely puts his own spin on things and makes the tune all his own, weaving one robust solo after another... This quartet definitely deserves more national media attention."

Bill Kohlhaase
LA Weekly, September 1999

"The foursome reflects the true heart of West Coast jazz in the 90s: no nonsense, straight ahead, but not strait-laced and willing to revel in the mellowness that 300-plus days of sunshine and warmth impart to personality."

Don Heckman
Los Angeles Times, August 1999

"The locally based ensemble is producing music that makes the most of the intriguing sound potential in the guitar-tenor saxophone coalition... Sills, one of several important young Southland saxophonists, played with the big-toned sound and harmony-defining improvising that are his stock in trade. His interaction with Findlay, filled with mellow timbres and surging melody lines, was the quartet's defining quality."

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