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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


Adrian Ruiz Quintet  
Premiere: A Collection Of Originals

San Antonio trumpeter/educator Adrian Ruiz wastes no time barreling out of the chute on "Elvinism," lead-off track from this debut release. Director of Jazz Studies at UTSA, Ruiz assembled a stellar lineup of Austin musicians who meld into a tight, wailing unit that navigates the shoals of more contemplative material with compositions contributed by all the unit. Saxophonist Gil Del Bosque joins Ruiz on the front line with a supple rhythm section of pianist Collin Shook, bassist Sam Pankey, and drummer Daniel Dufour. Ruiz standout "The Offset Strut" closes.

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

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