by Edward Blanco. Published: May 3, 2012
…Wendelboe-who grew up listening to energetic sounds of the pop group Blood Sweat & Tears (of which he is now a member), Chicago, and Tower of Power- became a convert to the brassy side of music, a sensibility influencing his arrangements and producing the “snappy, fresh and hot” contemporary sounds on this burner of an album.
New York Times Company, Music reviews. Published March 18, 2010
…Inspirations is a big sweeping epic of a record and Wendelboe’s group lets it all hang out on nine high – spirited tracks that refuse to be tied down by field or tradition.
Sea of Tranquility by Ryan Sparks. Published April 27, 2010
…If you’re into sophisticated, Big Band jazz then I’d definitely recommend checking out “Inspirations” because it’s a winner from start to finish.
Grego Applegate Edwards. Published February 19, 2010
…It’s the fullness and tightness of the band and its arrangements that make this program a pleasure to hear. If you like straight – ahead modern Big Band music, this one is for you.
Jazziz. Published April 2010
…and clearly there’s a lot of talent on hand, as well, not the least of which is displayed by Wendelboe, whose work here places him among the best of modern jazz’s Big Band leaders.
All About Jazz . By Jakob Baekgaard Published 2010
…Whenever Norwegian – born trombonist, composer and arranger Jens Wendelboe starts working with his Big Crazy Energy New York Band, there’s a rock – solid guarantee that it won’t be boring.
Jazz Scene August 2010
…How can you resist a band with this nutty a name? Funny enough, the group lives up to it with high – powered energy from the start. Led by trombonist and composer Jens Wendelboe, this Big Band has serious chops, a sense of sophistication and, oh yes, big crazy energy.