Reviews are still coming in following the August release.

Here are some notable quotes:

“He’s an unerring player with extraordinary chops…. precision and passion have long been the hallmarks of Kadleck’s work, and both come through loud and clear on this pleasing date.” (Dan Bilawsky – All About Jazz)

“A great record; it may take may a very long time to get all that’s in it.” (Larry Kart – author, “Jazz In Search of Itself” – Yale University Press)

“… an album filled with tight ensemble work and a cache of fine solos—big band jazz as good as it gets.” (Jack Goodstein – BlogCritics)

“… this set cooks in the finest fashion. Well done.” (Chris Spector – Midwest Record)

“Kadleck has a fine debut album with Around the Horn, one that whets your appetite for future recordings.” (Joe Lang – Jersey Jazz)

“While Kadleck is well-known as a fine lead and all-around trumpeter, what shines and surprises here—in addition to his take-command lead chops—is his superb arranging… Around the Horn knocks it out of the park.” (Nicholas Mondello – All About Jazz)

“Kadleck deserves credit for lifting a self-done project to a high level.” (Bob Karlovits – Pittsburgh Tribune)

“Kadleck is a vastly experienced trumpet player, a widely sought-after sideman, and, on this evidence, something of a star arranger, too.” (James Poore – MusicWeb-International)

“Superb band, admirable charts, persuasive soloists. In the words of Ira Gershwin, who could ask for anything more? Except, that is, for more of the same.” (Jack Bowers – All About Jazz)

“… the Tony Kadleck Big Band is a welcome addition to the genre.” (Don Albert –

“A double header of fun for big band fans.” (George W. Harris – Jazz Weekly)

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Sad News

Longtime friend and colleague Dave Ratajczak passed away at his home last Friday. In addition to being a master percussionist/drummer, Dave was a warm and kind individual, loved and admired by his family, friends and peers. Getting to know and work with Dave for the last 25+ years has been an immense pleasure, and I was honored when he agreed to play on my big band CD. He is an all-time great who will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

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It’s that time of year again… baseball is winding down, football is starting up, and students and faculty members everywhere are reporting back to school. This month I start my 11th year at Montclair State University, and my very first year at the Manhattan School of Music (my alma mater). After having heard these students play, I can honestly say that jazz (and music in general) is in very good hands. So whenever possible, please get out there and support your local music students by attending their concerts and events. The future is bright!

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