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Robert H. Levi
Positive Feedback Online, January 2015

Sophisticated Lady Vol. 1 is Yarlung’s first jazz recording and beautifully rendered. It is all about space. The instruments are floating in air as they bloom in the less than lively hall. The highs and mids are über realistic in this space. If you want to hear what true, you-are-there sound is like, then this is the musical vehicle to take for a spin. Fascinating and fun! © 2015 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

David W. Robinson
Positive Feedback Online, January 2015

…Sophisticated Lady shows a fine blend of elegance and jazzy chops that is compelling.

It’s a winner! © 2015 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

Robbie Gerson
Audiophile Audition, December 2014

Sophisticated LadyJazz Quartet is great jazz that also sounds great. The acoustics are precise, and the instrumentation has superior tonality… © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Bill Milkowski
The Absolute Sound, December 2014


…this debut album sounds astoundingly good. Recorded live, it gives one the feeling of having a ringside seat at an intimate jazz club. It opens with a politely swinging rendition of Jerome Kern’s “I’m Old Fashioned” that’s underscored by drummer Andrew James Boyle’s deft brushwork at the intro. Every nuance of JJ Kirkpatrick’s bristling trumpet solo here can be readily felt while Boyle’s switch to sticks on the ride cymbal is like sparklers being set off in the dark. Pianist Misha Bigos contributes the swinging “Finale” and delivers a dramatic solo piano piece, “Fields of Kurdistan,” while bassist Gary Wicks contributes the darkly beautiful “Night Night” and the somber “Weightless.” Kirkpatrick also turns in some bright trumpet work on a faithful rendition of Duke’s timeless “Sophisticated Lady.” A stellar first outing by a group that shows great promise. © 2014 The Absolute Sound Read complete review

Kathryn Ballard Shut
JazzTimes, October 2014

Did I mention that “each” of the tracks was…cut in one take a piece? That’s right, one take. Knowing this is a strong testament to the talent, passion, and technical prowess of this amazing ensemble, even before one embarks on the satisfying journey delivered by the music itself.

With Sophisticated Lady, the name is fitting, as the group functions as a tight unit, respecting each other’s voices and allows a deep and elegant conversation to develop throughout the album’s twelve classy offerings. Furthermore, the group is not afraid of taking on a challenging classic…[yet] they lighten the vibe to suit their modern, fresh, and delicious style.

All of the performances and arrangements are top shelf. © 2014 JazzTimes Read complete review

Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, October 2014

…the Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet delivers a deceptively relaxed-sounding set of standards and originals on its debut album…Highly recommended to all jazz collections. © 2014 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review

Jack Goodstein
Seattle Post-Intellegencer, October 2014

Working through a studio set of original pieces and classics, all recorded in one take, the quartet clearly demonstrates there is life in tradition yet. Innovation doesn’t have to be far out, strange, outre. Such innovation can sound “go-o-o-od,” very good.

They work together like the proverbial well-oiled machine. This is an ensemble to be reckoned with.

Sophisticated Lady has put together a debut album that will be the envy of many a veteran jazz ensemble, and certainly a tonic for anyone with an ear for mainstream jazz. This is an album to be savored. © 2014 Seattle Post-Intellegencer

Peter Rutenberg (member, Recording Academy)

Kudos to Sophisticated Lady for some of the most intelligent and soulful playing I’ve heard in a long while. Mr. Wicks is clearly the Stephane Grappelli of the bass. Mr. Boyle’s atomic clock accuracy was outshone only by his remarkable sensitivity and nuanced “drumist” vocabulary. Mr. Kirkpatrick’s winsome lines and lightning-fast coloratura took us beyond the trumpet and through the gamut of melody-instrument domains. And Mr. Bigos’ hands fell lacelike over his ivories with the finesse and speed of traditional Portuguese tatting amid a rainbow of colored threads. The ensemble’s inspired compositions showcased a raft of fresh voices that we must have more of.

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