Street Date: February 22, 2019
NEW YORK TIMES
"On his impressive debut album, “Birckhead,” his R&B sojourns and his straight-ahead jazz background come to bear, resulting in a sound that skates the divide between svelte swagger and cutting passion. The record finds the young bandleader meditating on romance, personal growth and the travails of his native Baltimore." Read the full review here
"Birckhead is a soulful, R&B-style saxophonist with a smooth but frequently emotional delivery. His bandmates match his energy; Dashiell hits hard, more like a rock drummer than a jazz drummer, while Meadows pounds out big, florid chords and Mendez maintains a steady, booming pulse" Read the full review here.
"Brent Birckhead is an archetypal product of the D.C. jazz scene. He’s a strong straight-ahead player, but also well-versed in go-go, R&B and the other popular sounds of the city. And like much of the music emanating from U Street venues these days, his own efforts as a bandleader merge all those stylistic elements seamlessly." Full interview here.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Bridging his activist sensibilities and his musical experimentation, "The Witching Hour" comes at you like shots fired on any given American night, while the ensemble builds from quiet shock to full on fury, roller coasting along as Birckhead screams defiance and raw emotion." Read the full review here.
"Birckhead is an auspicious debut from a gifted artist determined to challenge boundaries and mine the depths of his experiences to create works imbued with multiple layers of musical expression, emotional depth, and social commentary." Read the full review here.
"A sure fingered sax man that has a clear vision of what he wants to express, this singularity of his message and vision will grab you as much as they playing." Read the full review here.
D. OSCAR GROOMES
O'S PLACE JAZZ NEWSLETTER
"Brent Birckhead plays energetic music on both contemporary and Modern/Jazz-Fusion genres."
ANTHONY DEAN HARRIS
"His new release seems to fit well in a jazz pocket that soothes and uplifts ever so sweetly and may just be a name you should remember." Audio premiere here.
"BIRCKHEAD is a statement of intent; the music presented on this album is Brent Birckhead using his art to declare precisely who he knows he is and it’s as sure and confident a piece of work." Read the full 5/5 review here.
"In his lines and across his compositions, Brent plays with an ever-present urgency; his artistry includes visual narratives, social stories and historical reflection." Read the full review here.