"An emphasis is on sleek, sophisticated, New York
`90's-style repertoire, offered with a feeling. He's a lively, not overly
loud drummer, and the band shines."
--Howard Mandel, Downbeat
"Also an accomplished composer, Sinnett lets his formidable
chops speak for the music first and foremost. Pianist guest star Cyrus
Chestnut unleashes a high-energy complement to Sinnett's driving style."
--Jeff Potter, Modern Drummer
"Altogether, this could have been a night at the Village
Vanguard in New York. The music was certainly strong enough for that hallowed
venue. It's what jazz has become in the `90s, and it is encouraging."
--Owen Cordle, The News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C.
"Listen boasts a stellar lineup...Chestnut infuses
the music with his typically buoyant touch...the horns are colorfully deployed
not only on the Sinnett compositions `Lemon's Aide' and `Lost After Found,'
but also on the band's thoroughly engaging reprise of the pop standard
`On the Sunny Side of the Street'...Sinnett provides a neat, efficient,
crisp pulse with coloristic accents. The solos he contributes to the trio
arrangements provide shape and texture as well as rhythmic momentum."
--Mike Joyce, The Washington Post
"Listen is a singing, swinging straight-ahead jazz
record full of soaring melodies and expressive moments."
--Sam McDonald, The Daily Press, Norfolk, VA
"Drummer Jae Sinnett is in some ways a throwback to
drummers of an earlier age. Although Listen is his own date and he wrote
six of the nine selections, Sinnett sounds quite happy playing a supportive
role behind the other players where his contributions are both tasteful
and swinging...Superior modern mainstream music than can be easily enjoyed
by straightahead jazz fans."
--Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene
"The common denominators are Sinnett and his multi-textured,
rhythmically fresh compositions...'Lemon's Aide' find Davis summoning up
the spirit of Cannonball Adderly...On `Lost After Found', D'earth sounds
as if he were blowing with Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club...On `Coco
B', the drummer's percussive assaults shake the landscape."
--David Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot
"Cyrus Chesnut, plays some sprawling, grand piano
licks on the opening `Lemon's Aide,' a shufle in which Jumpin' Jae Sinnett
presides over the sextet like a young Art Blakey...Trio pianist Allen Farnham
and Sinnett play off each other rather impressively on `Coco B', which
steps forward as the record's tour de force."
--Kent & Keith Zimmerman, Gavin
"The music's well crafted and enjoyable."
--Chris Kelsey, Cadence