“Fertile, exciting music.” NEW YORK TIMES

One of the 50 Crucial Jazz Drumming Recordings of the Past 100 Years” – MODERN DRUMMER

Listen to Changes For Trane & Monk on @applemusic Jazz Currents, huge shout to the team there for making us #1 


Thank you Kevin Whitehead of NPR’s Fresh Air for this great seven-minute review/preview.

JazzTimes makes Valse Sinistre the Number 3 pick in the Top 40 new releases of 2022 Read

The best new jazz albums Editor’s Choice: September 2022. “Impressively, Drummond captures the contours of Bley’s village-band aesthetic through the sonics of a feisty, contemporary mainstream, sax-and-rhythm quartet.” Jazzwise Read

The Best New Jazz of Summer 2022. “All across this outstanding recording, you can hear three generations of superb improvisers cracking open great tunes and generating life.” By Will Layman PopMatters Read

“Valse Sinistre is so good that it almost feels irresponsible. Drummer Billy Drummond and his postbop quartet are not only firing on all cylinders but venturing into such daredevilry that you want to shout, ‘Are you guys insured?’” By Michael J. West JazzTimes Read

“It is astonishing that Drummond hasn’t made an album under his own name . . .  since 1996’s Dubai, an ass-kicking quartet date . . . . It is good to have him back as a leader.” By Phil Freeman New York Jazz Record Read

“One of the signal releases this summer.”  Billy Drummond: The Writer’s Drummer Interview by Ted Panken Jazziz Read

“Top album.” EDITOR’S CHOICE By Mike Hobart Jazzwise 4 out of 4 stars Read

“Drummond carefully chose these selections and sequenced them in the way he wanted the album to flow, creating one of the more interesting recordings of the year with these brilliant musicians.” By Jim Hynes Glide magazine Read

“Drummond is, arguably, one of the most innovative drummers currently on the NYC scene – which means the world – although, as is their wont, the DB critics didn’t see it in their 2022 poll! They will next year after they’ve heard this!” By Lance Liddle BeBopSpokenHere Read

“Drummond keeps time in myriad meters like a percussion avalanche undergirding alternately angular and melodic piano/bass/sax interplay.”  By Jamie Lee Rake, Shepherd Express Read

“The songs may come from various walks of jazz life, but in Drummond’s capable hands, they all sing from the same soul.” By Michael Toland The Big Takeover Read

Valse Sinistre is the lead story in Jazziz magazines Ten Albums You Need to Know