PRAISE FOR WHICH WAY NOW (2016)

 

"Julian Shore shows deep maturity as a composer and bandleader on Which Way Now. [He] delivers a deeply felt program of 10 tracks that quietly and inquisitively explores the process of musical discovery. His search has unearthed a litany of musical gems... [of] elegant intensity and strength." Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat Magazine

"Shore wrote incredible music, performed his piano brilliantly and let the band make their own artistic contributions based on their own considerable talents. His name belongs among the leaders of the young Jazz piano scene." Travis Rogers, JazzTimes

"The record is resolutely pretty, yet Shore invests a degree of depth and unifying interplay that binds the stories together with a dazzling sense of rhythm and flow. His core band achieves a remarkable coherence... In full this is a luminous album from start to finish. ★★★★ 1/2" Nick Bewsey, ICON Magazine

"Pianist Julian Shore, a rising star with a wide gaze and a firm sense of self, uses each song as an opportunity for invention on the enthralling, multifaceted Which Way Now?... [he makes] each piece a self-contained story that's not beholden to what comes before it. A sense of personalized sophistication and quiet intelligence, stitched into every performance, ultimately connects them all. ★★★★" Dan Bilawksy, All About Jazz


PRAISE FOR FOR US, THE LIVING (2014)

DownBeat Editor's Pick - April 2014
"The band assembled for this date is the musical equivalent of a great ensemble cast with Hadro on bari and occasionally flute, Daniel Foose on bass, Carmen Staaf on piano and Matt Wilson holding down the drum chair. No one dominates. No one is just cashing a check. The interplay of this group stands above any individual moments-but there are plenty of those, too.
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Hadro succeeds big time on For Us, The Living. He pays tribute to the history of improvised music by shining a spotlight on artists who are working on its next chapters right now."

AllAboutJazz.com - April 2014
"It wouldn't be inaccurate to say that Hadro is one of the most promising baritone saxophonists to emerge in recent times, but it might be unfairly limiting given the scarcity of out-and-out bari players. It might be better to simply say, instrument aside, he's one to keep an eye on."

Jazz Inside Magazine - May 2014
"But while Hadro has his influences and his inspirations, he is his own person. One will notice some Coltrane influence here or some Sanders or Henderson influence there, but ultimately, Andrew Hadro sounds like Andrew Hadro. And on For Us, The Living, he shines as both a soloist and a composer."

SomethingElseReviews.com - March 2014
"That burly baritone sax, it can be an abrasive sound maker, but in the right hands it can be this warm, inviting sonority. The first thing noticeable about Andrew Hadro's baritone is that he caresses the big sax as lovingly as he's caressing melodies.
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Perhaps the best thing about For Us, The Living, however, is that it doesn't rely on solos to make it a success as the alluring set of straight jazz that it is. There's much to be said about heartfelt, soulful delivery and on that count, Andrew Hadro has said a mouthful."


PRAISE FOR FILAMENTS (2012)

“Filaments is an assured, organic debut from a pianist/composer who beyond the obvious elegance of his playing has a clear sense of the bigger artistic picture.” - Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
   *Also named Top Jazz Debut of 2012

"Shore riffs and waxes with a sense of space usually reserved for more veteran players... skips, jumps and sprints through the changes" -Brad Farberman, DownBeat

"A record that exudes a life force a hothoused young virtuoso would struggle to find in music school, Filaments has that indefinable imaginative dimension you can't learn buy or force." -Stephen Graham Jazzwise (UK)

“There literally isn’t a bad song on it. It’s a step in an auspicious direction: let’s hope there’s more where this came from.” -Lucid Culture

“A fluid player with a sure touch and modernist appeal... his solos are clean and graceful and he gives his band generous room that encourages sparkling interplay... Shore is definitely one to watch.” - Nick Bewsey, ICON