London Jazz News Review
February 21, 2020
"Baritone saxophonist Paul Nedzela‘s debut recording showcases his eloquent yet gritty playing. ...
Nedzela’s full, broad, yet razor-sharp sound combines the warmth of Gerry Mulligan with the fiery intensity of Pepper Adams and Ronnie Cuber. A wonderful fusion of qualities recognising such a wide range of the legacy of the horn. ...
Introducing Paul Nedzela makes a winning and promising debut offering from a leading force on an instrument that deserves much more exposure as a vital solo voice in jazz. Paul Nedzela is just the person to provide this, and it will be fascinating to witness what direction his next recording will take." - Frank Griffith, London Jazz News
JAZZIZ Magazine Critics' Pick 2019
December 11, 2019
"On this debut recording, baritone saxophonist and composer Paul Nedzela and his right-hand man, pianist Dan Nimmer, both members of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, emerge as two young talents with a mature sound. The bari may be an especially difficult instrument to master, but Nedzela is in a comfort zone throughout the album’s 10 tracks. Whether skating nonchalantly through challenging bebop lines or relaxing in a ballad setting, he makes it all sound effortless. Further, he and the rhythm section — Nimmer, bassist David Wong and drummer Aaron Kimmel — sound like they’re having a ball. That attitude proves to be contagious." —Mark Holston
"Bari Tone to Die For" - All About Jazz
April 12, 2018
"...baritone saxophonist Paul Nedzela soloed magnificently with a "bari" tone to die for." - VICTOR L. SCHERMER, All About Jazz
October 1, 2019
"... Clearly relishing this outing where the spotlight is solely on him, Mr Nedzela turns in a strong, yet sensitive performance that is also, by turns, enigmatic (as on Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin’s “My Ship”) and vivid (as on “Stutter Step”). Meanwhile on the rest of the 10-song repertoire Mr Nedzela is impressively fluent, with a biting attack that is incisive and sleek. His tone is broad, and dripping with a solid gold tonal palette. In addition, Mr Nedzela conducts himself with wonderful touch, directness and atmospheric command. The complexity and density of the climaxes – all perfectly timed in each of the pieces he plays is formidable. By the end of his performance I am left marveling at this virtually clinical master-class in the art of the baritone saxophone as well as the soprano saxophone when he plays that instrument.
I would be remiss if I did not end by saying this is meticulously-chosen repertoire which is performed to perfection. ... All in all, a stellar debut by a any standards." - Raul da Gama