AUSTIN CHRONICLE TOP 10 NATIONAL ALBUMS OF 2017 (JAY TRACHTENBURG JAZZ LIST) - DECEMBER 29, 2017

JOHN MILLS RECORD REVIEW - AUGUST 23, 2017

Adrian Ruiz Quintet   
Premiere: A Collection Of Originals

Trumpeter/composer Adrian Ruiz has strongly established himself over the last many years as 
one of the most effective bandleaders and most consistently exciting soloists in both the Austin 
and San Antonio scenes, and this CD debut under his own name is a fine testament to that fact. 
His quintet, which boasts some of the area’s fastest rising talents, features Gil Del Bosque on 
saxophone, Collin Shook on piano, Sam Pankey on bass and Daniel Dufour on drums. Each of 
these gentleman is a creative force in his own right, but they really click as a unit, so that the 
music comes off as the Adrian Ruiz Quintet, rather than merely a collection of great sidemen. 
The recording features exclusively original material by the group members, ranging from the 
fiery and bluesy to more introspective and unexpected material. Adrian’s compositions are 
particular standouts, displaying the hard bop roots that are his home turf. His hard-charging 
"Elvinism" and the deep groove of "The Offset Strut" serve as strong pillars for this engaging 
premiere recording by The Adrian Ruiz Quintet.

Dr. John Mills, Professor of Jazz Composition and Jazz Saxophone, The University of Texas at Austin 

JAY TRACHTENBERG RECORD REVIEW - AUGUST 18, 2017

JEFF HELLMER RECORD REVIEW - JULY 19, 2017

Adrian Ruiz Quintet  
Premiere: A Collection Of Originals 

Adrian Ruiz and his quintet bring their considerable energies and talents to Premiere, an eclectic offering of new compositions. Ruiz has established a reputation in Texas and beyond as a powerful, creative, and versatile trumpeter, and this debut recording should do nothing but enhance that reputation. The compositions on the recording run the gamut from aggressive straight-ahead jazz (“Elvinism”), to fusion (“Glas”) with a touch of avant-garde (“Breathe”), to inspired portraits (“The Mountains of Tennessee” and “Cancion Para Mi Amor”). Whatever vehicle might be used, the band combines conviction with a sense of teamwork to create a very satisfying musical product. I’m fortunate to have been associated with four of the members of this ensemble during their time at the University of Texas at Austin, and I’m happy to see them making this bold and creative statement as they advance their careers. I know you will enjoy this music. 

Jeff Hellmer, Director of Jazz Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

PETER BLACKSTOCK RECORD REVIEW - JULY 6, 2017

Adrian Ruiz Quintet 
Premiere: A Collection Of Originals 

Though bandleader Ruiz lives in San Antonio, where he teaches jazz at UTSA, he has strong ties to Austin from his years studying trumpet at the University of Texas. Filling out his quintet are four local jazz standouts: saxophonist Gil Del Bosque, pianist Collin Shook, bassist Sam Pankey and drummer Daniel Dufour. All five members wrote at least one tune for this impressive collection recorded in Austin at Same Sky Productions, with Ruiz producing alongside engineers Andre Cantave and David Messier. Premiere  is a joy to behold, ranging in style and substance from full-blown energetic celebrations to playfully inventive excursions to more moody, contemplative soundscapes. Jazz recordings almost always testify to the chops of the players, but this goes beyond mere musicianship: these 10 tracks radiate with spirit and beauty, revealing five instrumentalists and composers who have come together to create something that sublimely transcends the sum of its parts.

Peter Blackstock, Music Writer, Austin American-Statesman

DANIEL J. PALMER LIVE ALBUM RELEASE PERFORMANCE REVIEW AT JAZZ, TX - JUNE 6, 2017

GERRY GIBBS TESTIMONIAL - MAY 25, 2017

I hired Adrian to conduct my big band from 2001 to 2005. That band backed the likes of jazz legends James Moody, Clark Terry, Jon Hendricks and my father Terry Gibbs. People would always come up to me and ask me why Adrian stood in front of the band instead of playing in the trumpet section. My answer was already made up when I hired him. Adrian had a lot of soulfulness, imagination, creativity and vibe, and was able to bring out those qualities in the whole 17-piece band to inspire them to do more than just read and interpret what was on the paper. Adrian has done the same on Premiere: A Collection Of Originals,  with the same impact with his quintet to not just play his part, but to bring the most soulfulness, imagination, creativity and vibe out of his whole band. I am sure you can hear it while listening to his new recording with his band.

Gerry Gibbs, acclaimed New York City drummer and bandleader of The Thrasher Dream Trio (Kenny Barron and Ron Carter), Whaling City Sound Recording Artist                               

SCOTT YANOW RECORD REVIEW - MAY 5, 2017

DAVID KJOLLER LINER NOTES FOR PREMIERE: A COLLECTION OF ORIGINALS - MAY 2, 2017