But on Secret Handshake, the debut recording from Settles’ new
Central Union quintet, the saxophonist makes a bold, manifold
statement; he’s never sounded stronger, or more like himself. -- Capital Bop Best of DC
The year was a banner one for jazz records in this town, but none offered so uncompromising and compelling a vision as saxophonist Settles' buffet of lyricism, freeform exploration, and stylistic versatility.
-- Michael J. West, Washington City Paper
released June 14, 2011
Recorded October 5, 2010 at 853 Rehearsal Studios, New York, NY
All Compositions by Brian Settles.
supported by 4 fans who also own “Secret Handshake”
This album feels as if it could have been released in the late 50's, except for it's thoroughly modern approach. It's first class musicians working with first class material. It's been a consistent 'go-to' album since I purchased it. Kenneth Pyron