A Uniquely gifted Artist
~ KJAZZ Radio – Los Angeles CA
This cellist is really unbelievable. All those classical chops plus he can improvise (stunning intro on your last piece).
~ Larry Koonse – Grammy winning Jazz artist
A strikingly original virtuoso cello statement!
~ Geddy Lee – basist / vocalist (Rush)
I think that the Jacob Szekely Trio, if based in Europe, would be recording for ECM. I say that as a giant compliment because of ECM’s attention to purity of sound. No where is that more evident than in the spaces between pianist Josh Nelson’s notes on the self titled album’s closing song, “Postlude: Houston.”
~ Brian Arsenault – International Review of Music
His Mixture of Rock and Post Bop is striking… Resonates as it charms
~ James Crel – The Strad
Ground Breaking! The First Cellist To Make The Case For The Cello As A Lead Instrument in Modern Jazz.
~ Eugene Friesen – Cello Pioneer, Multiple Grammy winner, Professor Berklee school of Music
Szekely is emerging as a leader of the alternative- strings community
~ Cornelius Dufallo – Strings Magazine
An intimately Swinging Delight!
George W. Harris-Jazz Weekly
A virtuoso who places as much emphasis on the forms he’s created as his transformative cello solos. Szekely can soar lyrically on an arco passage that would make for a thrilling saxophone cadenza, channel Indian Sonorities or thread his way through a pointilistic thicket of rhythmic subtleties. He can trade percussive volleys with Aliss, and dialogue with Nelson in an intuitive way that pianist Bill Evans could with bassist Scott LaFaro.
Kirk Silsbee-LA Weekly
No one is doing more to open up the possibillites for cello players than Jacob Szekely
One of the best debut albums of the year!