National and international reviews of Charles McPherson’s Jazz Dance Suites.

bebop spoken here, England – album review: Charles McPherson’s Jazz Dance Suites

“Inspired by and dedicated to his daughter Camille of the San Diego Ballet, the original music had me entranced. Magnificent sounds somewhat inadequate!
We knew he could blow alto to match the greats, we didn’t realize just how well he could write, not just write but how well he could write to suit the terpsichorean activity in these two dance suites.” More…
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Downbeat Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“…bright, citrusy tone on alto saxophone, alluring lyricism and graceful improvisations are in splendid form on Jazz Dance Suites. …he leads a nimble septet through a dynamic range of compositions that move from sumptuous ballads to spirited sambas.” more…
John Murph

JAZZIZ – 10 Albums You Need to Know

“Saxophonist Charles McPherson continues to expand on his bebop roots on Jazz Dance Suites. Here, he renews the marriage of jazz and dance via three suites he composed for the San Diego Ballet, documenting an association that began in 2015. These works balance improvisational brilliance with compositional prowess and are inspired by his daughter Camille, a soloist in her eighth season with the prestigious dance company. “
BMATT MICUCCI September 3, 2020

WBGO 88.3FM: Fall Preview: From Auspicious Debuts to Unearthed Gems

“Jazz Dance Suites -….the compositions fall within programmatic parameters….contemplative, best to be digested in one sitting. Moods blend into one another, anchoring a story appreciated on the record while we eagerly await a stage production.”
Alex Ariff / NPR Jazz Night in America – September 14, 2020

London JAZZNEWS – Charles McPherson —JAZZ DANCE SUITES album review

“… his arranging and compositions demonstrate a unique and successful blend of genres. These are fresh, new and powerful sounds from a legendary alto saxophonist. Even more beautiful is that he was inspired to create these Jazz Dance Suites for his talented daughter.”
By Frank Griffith, September 2020


“McPherson’s robust, emotive tone carries the listener to a place where, even without the visual element of dancers, the music facilitates such visualization. For its highly imaginative compositions and the sterling emotive range of McPherson’s playing, this represents not only a signature work in McPherson’s storied catalog, but one that should receive high consideration on year-end lists.”
By Jim Hynes, September 2020

Musicalmemoirs’s Blog – Blues is the Root of Jazz

“McPherson’s arranging and composition demonstrates his genius blend of musical genres and his artistic prowess used to embrace ballet stories and the concept of creating music for dance. Here is fresh, new and powerful music by the legendary Charles McPherson. Even more beautiful is that he was inspired to write and create these “Jazz Dance Suites” for his artistic and talented daughter.”
By Dee Dee McNeil, September 3, 2020

San Diego Troubadour – Charles McPherson: Weathering the Pandemic with New Album and Ballet Project

By Jim Trageser, September 2020

Canción a quemarropa, Spain – Charles McPherson publishes his new album, Jazz Dance Suites

Jazz Dance Suites demonstrates a decidedly fresh and exciting relationship between jazz and dance art forms and speaks to McPherson’s stellar range as an artist. More…
August 12, 2020

ROOTSVILLE, Netherlands

“Jazz Dance Suites” showcases a decidedly fresh and exciting relationship between the jazz and dance art forms and speaks as an artist to the amazing range of McPherson. Since 1972, McPherson has toured internationally as a band leader and sideman with the upper echelons of jazz greats such as Billy Eckstine, Nat Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis. During his six decades of being an integral performer of the music, Charles has not only stayed true to its origins as bebop, but expanded it. Jazz Dance Suites deviates from the traditional bop sensibilities of most of his earlier works. It contains numerous examples of improvisational brilliance…more
September, 2020

Jazz Square, Israel

“Yes, jazz has become different, but dance has also become different. And at this level, they can be together again.. More…
By Leonid Auskern, July 7th, 2020

Broadway World – Charles McPherson Collaborates With San Diego Ballet on New Recording

Jazz Dance Suites demonstrates a decidedly fresh and exciting relationship between the jazz and dance art-forms and speaks to McPherson’s stellar range as an artist. More…
By BWW News Desk, June 26, 2020