Reviews & Press Clips

“Mr. Owen has created a masterpiece of aural sounds; a dazzling array of prismatic colors and textures that envelop the listener in a splendidly evocative way”…more

Huffington Post, Ralph Miriello, July 2013


“River Runs is a remarkable piece of work, full of contrast and specific tone-painting, integrating jazz and classical elements with a sure hand and greater respect for both than has sometimes been the case in such hybrids”…more

Fanfare Magazine, Phillip Scott, Sept/Oct, 2013


“sparkling orchestral writing. With a mix of technical complexity and pop brightness that is irresistible, like a New Orleans gumbo of Stravinsky and funk”…more

Tampa Bay Times, John Fleming, April 2013


“Owen’s music will go everywhere it can: his colors are amazingly diverse. . . . . . . imaginative, paradigm-shifting and often exhilarating” . . . .more

New York Music Daily, Alan Young, April 2013

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“. . . .larger than life versions . . . . . spectacularly expanded and explosively played . . . . . . .fabulously tailored and opulent far beyond anything that might be construed as conventional.  A truly outstanding recording and a collection of works deserving of universal attention”….more

All Music Guide, Michael G. Nastos, Oct. 2009

“ . . . riotous and joyous. While the individual solos are quite impressive, it is the ensemble playing and spirit of the full ensemble that really stands out”….more

JazzTimes, Scott Yanow, Oct. 2009

“Excellent throughout . .. . . .. Owen’s rapturous setting of “How Long ‘Til the Sun,“ rendered with the bold luster of an island sunset”….more

Downbeat Magazine, Jan. 2010

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“A well-drawn session for the modernists who appreciate music that engages the mind as well as the heart”….more

Cadence, Nov. 2004


“. . . . . .an imaginatively conceived exploration of the landscape of large jazz ensemble music. Perhaps going that extra mile to demonstrate that cliché free ensemble writing enhanced by imaginative soloing by kindred spirits can produce an emotional entity that will thrill, excite, and expand your perception of the big band”….more

Mainly Big Bands (U.K.), Dec. 2004

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