for "The Ing...":
"It's tough for a contemporary jazz trio to distinguish themselves so clearly from similar ensembles, but OKB manages to do it quite easily...this
trio sound sounds incredibly fluid in an entirely intuitive way, and that comes from pure unadulterated chemistry...they get it down like no one else...
So there's something quite special about this inaugural offering, a combination of community love and support and getting everything right by
doing it yourself. It shows in every note of this excellent album."
Marc Phillips, The Vinyl Anachronist
"The joy this trio plays and interacts with is obvious...The OKB Trio has many facets to the way they play and their original compositions have a
luster that is heartfelt and musically complete. Not just a musician to musician album, though filled with plenty of top-notch playing and composing,
The Ing… takes a step forward and remembers the musicality this genre once offered aplenty."
Elberton Cisnero, 5 Finger Review
"Warm and classy swing."
George W. Harris, jazzweekly.com
"Whether OKB Trio plays originals or cover songs, the group’s chemistry shines. “The Ing” is full of a swinging energy on tracks as varied as “Hi-
Heel Sneakers” to “El Padrino”..."
Dodie Miller-Gould, lemonwire.com
for Brian Woodruff:
"...one of the most up-and-coming drummer/composers on the scene today....a first-rate composer. His ability to blend the voices in the front-line
and create intriguing harmonies put him in a class by himself."
Dan Bilawsky, Jazz Inside magazine (formerly Jazz Improv magazine)
Woodruff himself knows how to lead the band from behind the traps without being intrusive, gently percolating behind everyone’s solos.
George W. Harris, jazzweekly.com
“The music on The Tarrier feels honest, not forced, not pretentious. Some of the other jazz I’ve listened to of late has felt bogged down by
overachieving geniuses. I’m not saying Brian Woodruff isn’t accomplished, but it’s music I can identify with at last... The drumming is punctual,
impeccable, crisp...While it is well written, wonderfully performed, it's all very human, too. That sets his music apart.”
Gray Hunter, A Hand in the Act of Writing blog
...this up and coming jazz drummer does much more than just keep time. A smart leader that knows how to pick the right sidekicks, Woodruff has
a great musical vocabulary that he let’s speak eloquently on his behalf. Here’s a young lion to watch.
Chris Spector, Midwest Record
...drummer Brian Woodruff creates a supportive push and pull underpinning each composition with balance and strength.
-H. Alan Williams, Jazz Times
Woodruff shows many sides to his craftsmanship but whether his compositions are prancing jubilantly or mourning inwardly, the harmonies are
spot on and flawless.
Susan Frances, Jazz Times Online
“Woodruff touches on a wide range of jazz styles from the '50s through the present day...his clever charts give the players lots of room to stretch
out and interact...Although Woodruff gives his associates ample space, his drums center everything and his playing is steady and playful in
Brad Walseth, chicagojazz.net
Imaginative, expressive compositions.
for "The Tarrier":
Brian Woodruff's "The Tarrier" swings sweetly with a dry understated wit that reveals rhythmically well-designed and harmonically sophisticated
Will Romano, Modern Drummer
...as a composer and drummer, Woodruff is right on time with his delivery in this excellent, jazzy album.
Dean Poling, Valdosta Daily Times
Brian Woodruff's engaging new release “The Tarrier” is a refreshing new sound that will definitely grab your attention from the opening track.
Containing excellent charts performed by a solid cadre of players, “The Tarrier” will have the ear of the critics and the approval of jazz audiences
once they sample this very fine dish.
Edward Blanco, eJazzNews.com
...an album that is a near-must. "Chorale" gives the sextet led by drummer Brian Woodruff the opportunity to present a beautifully harmonic
chorale with a jazz flavor.
Bob Karlovits, Pittsburgh Tribune
“Brian Woodruff has written a beautiful piece here that seems like it could have been written in an earlier lifetime...It's an emotional moment, one
that's repeated with even more intensity at the end when it's the horns that are left alone to make the final statement. Somehow, 'beautiful' doesn't
quite describe it.”
Mark Saleski - jazz.com
See www.jazz.com's Song of the Day for June 16, 2009, "Chorale:"
See the article on Brian in the Astoria Times Ledger: