"Violist David Laurence Zimbalist, who has been transcribing and analyzing piano classics from the '20s for the magazine Strings, has arranged them and other works — including Hot 5 numbers — for standard string-quartet instrumentation.
The group's first CD, Rumble Seat Music, is out, and damned if it doesn't convince…Somehow the performances avoid preciosity, though not a fairly sensible degree of gentility, while sustaining the feeling and flavor of the originals."
Gary Giddins, Village Voice
"The only group to receive a standing ovation at the 2002 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s XM Satellite Radio Tent, and there’s a reason: these guys are awesome!"
Shirley Hayes, Program Director Real Jazz,
XM Satellite Radio
"One marvels at Zimbalist's painstaking arrangements…The very sound of the string quartet makes you wonder: perhaps "Third Stream" really began in 1930… That is the beauty of Zimbalist's project in a nutshell: It prods the listener to experience this old music in new ways. What makes the project intrinsically rewarding, however, is Zimbalist’s love for, and scholarly attention toward, this great music. His well-spoken annotations in between numbers complemented the arrangements perfectly, making this what every jazz performance should try to be: an entertaining learning experience."
David R. Adler, AllAboutJazz.com
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