Peppermint Pops rings in the Christmas season
"A selection of holiday favorites, with a special touch from the blues and swing sound of the Boston Brass, set an upbeat mood at one of Albany's most well-known family-friendly holiday events."
— Joe Bellacomo,
"Fontana's program featured the revered Boston Brass. Special guests were the dazzling Enso String Quartet that performed here recently for a concert honoring local composer Curtis Curtis-Smith. On Dalton's stage, each ensemble sat facing across at the other. The provocative joint program, 'Notes from the Balcony: Romeo & Juliet in Music,' proved an exciting aural experience." Read More...
— C.J. Gianakaris,
"Classical brass ensembles are no strangers to the Christmas holiday repertoire, but when the Boston Brass is augmented by the Brass All-Stars Big Band, the result is especially festive, swinging and hilarious. With 12 horns and a three-piece rhythm section, the music packs a wallop, as demonstrated to an audience of nearly 1,800 brave souls who ventured out on a frigid Saturday night to the Lied Center for Performing Arts." Read More...
— Tom Ineck,
Lincoln Journal Star
"The Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band put on an exhilarating and impressive performance. Often during December, we are inundated with crass arrangements of schlocky, saccharine Christmas songs. Excellent musicianship, exciting, varied material, and tongue-in-cheek humor pleasantly roused my holiday spirit." Read More...
— Libby Hanssen,
"It's been two days since I saw the Boston Brass performance at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, and I'm still reflecting on how good a show it was." Read More...
— Jim Roberts,
"The five-piece quintet only gained momentum as they went through their musical tour of diverse genres, ranging from classical pieces to contemporary jazz, funk and bebop ..." Read More...
— Blake Rong,
Syracuse Daily Orange
"'There is a lot of great holiday music, both in the sacred tradition and secular. But these Kenton carols are fantastic,' says the 45-year-old Conner. 'The arrangements are so distinctive. There was a signature sound that the Kenton band had. ... As soon as you hear it, you know it's Stan Kenton.'" Read More...
— Jon Niccum,
"The Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band perform magnificently on The Stan Kenton Christmas Carols. The outrageous entertainment is vibrant dynamite wrapped up in a gorgeous holiday bow--it will knock your socks off!" Read More...
— Carol Swanson,
"What made this performance truly great was that it was pure entertainment. From the chit-chatting with the audience to the farcical nature of the 'Rhapsody' performance, these men, including organist Chris Marks, who played with Boston Brass for some songs, these men clearly wanted to ensure that the audience enjoyed the afternoon.
Thanks to their excellent performances and fun-loving personalities, Boston Brass did just that." Read More...
— Ivy Farguheson,
Muncie Star Press
"Band students at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School are about to have the experience of their lives. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, they will spend the day with the world-famous Boston Brass and perform in concert with the group that night at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg." Read More...
— Orangeburg Times Democrat
"'It's not the traditional literature for a brass quintet,' Conner says. 'When most people hear 'brass' they expect Baroque or Dixieland, but we're eager to try things that no one has tried before. And we have a lot of fun doing it; we love to play!'" Read More...
— Wes Blomster,
Boulder Daily Camera
"The Boston Brass pulls off these charts with powerful style and grace, capturing Kenton's intention accurately without being rote. There is a momentum behind all of these arrangements that vibrates the heart and truly celebrates the season. Most of the pieces are less than three minutes long, existing as lightning flashes of brilliance." Read More...
— C. Michael Bailey,
All About Jazz
This CD is fantastic; the playing is as technically incredible as it is musically beautiful and the writing is truly inspired; certainly a worthy addition to anyone's Christmas play list! Read More...
— Steven Haynes,
"Trust me, 'Greensleeves' will never be the same." Read More...
— Jason Victor Serinus,
Bay Area Reporter
"There is need for music entertainment of a cross-over type such as the Boston Brass provide. And there's nothing wrong with having fun in music, an assessment that I believe the cheering crowd in Pawling confirmed." Read More...
— Jim Pegolotti,
Danbury News Times
"More powerful than a speeding locomotive."
— Charleston Daily Mail
"The ensemble played with brash abandon at times, then with feathery gentleness."
— Salt Lake Tribune
"During the standing ovation, everybody in the audience made the Brass feel welcome, chanting "One more!" and "Encore, encore!" Read More...
— Chase Dickerson,
Daily Utah Chronicle