"Recreating the exciting sound of swing from the 30’s and 40’s, Julian Bliss’s dynamic virtuosity leads his sextet through some of the great tunes of the swing era, staying true to the authentic feel but naturally with a modern twist.
Julian Bliss says “I decided in the summer of 2010 that I wanted to start my own Jazz group. I enlisted the help of Neal Thornton (Piano) to help make this dream a reality. We spent months listening to every version of each tune we could find, and putting together our own versions while still being mindful of the light and fun feel Goodman captured all those years ago. We then had the task of putting the rest of the band together. We were specifically looking for musicians that had a great interest in the Swing era, and I must say we couldn’t have picked a better set of players”
Repertoire *** Sound **** Interpretation ****
Diether Steppuhm - Ensemble magazine - December/January 2012
"...Bliss’ hommage is not a mere crossover attempt, with classical pedigree trying to swing it up. Bliss studies all aspects of Goodman’s output, from combo to big band to Goodman’s forays into the classical oeuvre, and the result is a swinging good time, with virtuosity balanced with nuanced joyfulness ..." ***½
Doug Simpson - AudiophileAudition.com - 6 November 2012