"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

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