Quotes

The Weekly Volcano:

” Jazz is the only purely American music and the one genre that has embraced elements of all musical forms. This is why it is always exciting to find young artists who push the boundaries to create their own unique style, and Kareem Kandi is one musician who does just that. “

Northwest Jazz Profile:

” If you want a true jazz experience go hear Kareem Kandi. Just sit back and transport yourself to any jazz club in the world where you imagine you want to be and Kareem will take you there because he is a classic jazz musician. “

The Weekly Volcano:

” Saxophonist Kareem Kandi’s sound alone is enough to clear the room of contenders. It is vast,  big enough to house the entire Guinness Pint Club at Doyle’s, the whole Tacoma School of the Arts music program and half the holdings of the Tacoma Art Museum’s Warhol exhibit. Size is not per se of much value if it isn’t personal, unique, sacrosanct. Kandi’s sound is virtually unrelated to the roomy traditions of soul saxes, honking saxes or deep-chested boudoir ballad saxes. It derives from the classic, free, often enthusiastic tradition of Joshua Redman as filtered through Dexter Gordon and Sonny Stitt, all of whose shadows can be traced-Redman in Kandi’s funky organicism, Gordon in his dynamic harmonics, and Stitt in the intensity that coats his every note with a Gritty City finish. “

Robin Lloyd – KPLU:

“The piano-less trio is reminiscent of Sonny Rollins’ and Joe Henderson’s recordings with the same configuration, and I like the way they use that freedom to explore. “

Dick Stein – KPLU:

” I really enjoyed Kareem Kandi’s new album See What I’m Saying.  It hits the ground hard-boppin’ and keeps up the energy and the fun all the way through. “

Weekly Volcano’s ” Best Of Tacoma ” readers poll:

“Best Jazz Group 2007″
“Best Jazz Group 2008″
“Best Jazz Group 2010″
“Best Jazz Group 2011″

The Tacoma Reporter:

” It’s a hard swinging, straight ahead, bop oriented quartet with few announcements, no vocals and a consistent commitment to explore the joys of jazz.”

Jazz Steps Magazine:

” Kandi’s music is growing in popularity, and by the time he took the stage an impressive crowd had gathered to watch his band perform. “

The Tacoma News Tribune:

” Kandi plays with confidence and clarity. “

The Tacoma Reporter:

” If he releases the finished product, you’ll hear Kandi as a triple-threat jazzoid whose reputation in the Northwest is already secure as a reed player, composer and arranger. “

Earshot Jazz Magazine:

” Indeed, the original compositions were the touchstone of this performance. “

All About Jazz:

” Those individuals in attendance received a rare treat – a musical showcase that promised a rich and exciting career forthcoming. “

Earshot Jazz Magazine:

” I’m looking forward to following Kandi’s jazz career. If his Kerry Hall performance was any indication, this young saxophonist will be having a major impact on the Pacific Northwest scene. “

Jazz Steps Magazine:

” Kandi is an important figure when looking at the business of promoting jazz.”

American Community Journal:

” Local trio is a must see and hear experience while they are still here. “

American Community Journal:

” Kareem Kandi has managed at a rather young age to put together a trio that works in a kind of harmony we get to experience only rarily.”

Jazz Steps Magazine:

” Whether it’s performing, studying, or teaching, Kandi’s approach is professional and disciplined. “

Jazz Steps Magazine:

” Serendipity, Talent, Intelligence. These words come to mind upon meeting the promising young saxophonist Kareem Kandi. “

Jazz Steps Magazine:

” Kandi has found a balance with his music – studying, teaching, and performing, and it’s refreshing to see someone approach a career with such a degree of level-headedness, hard work and confidence. “

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