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REVIEWS

 
Utterback's style is incredibly varied and his compositions, originals as well as arrangements, are sophisticated and endlessly inventive.
Stereo Times Igor Kipnis

Utterback brings what might best be described as a composite of the greatest American and jazz piano styles of the century a technique that makes light of every hurdle married to contemplation and to colour and to phrasing and shaping of ideas.
Pianoforte, London  

Joe Utterback's piano roars, sweeps, caresses, and romances the ear he combines the harmonic richness of Errol Garner with the speed and passion of Josef Hoffman big-time virtuoso piano.
Connoisseur Society, Inc. E. Alan Silver

On behalf of Douglaston Concerts, the Queens and Nassau chapters of AGO and The Community Church of Douglaston I want to extend a heartfelt thank-you for the stunning and powerful concert you did. Our audience is still stopping me to express their pleasure and joy in your program. Our lay audience was enchanted with your playing and with you. Our professional audience members were mesmerized by your musicianship and keyboard wizardry. We were all moved by your own compositions and their infectious, communicative style.
Nassau County, New York Gerald Anders, The Community Church of Douglaston

Stride with mildly dissonant punctuation, then boogie-woogie and barrelhouse styles, Tatumesque wild chases, Garneresque right-hand chording, and more pianist tricks and licks than should be squeezable into five minutes and his mellow Evans mode.
The audiophile voice  

Utterback's solo, a Porgy and Bess medley full of pyrotechniqes brought down the house.
Darien News Review, Connecticut  

Joe is a consummate performer - he combines a truly extraordinary technique with an encyclopedic knowledge of the repertoire and a flair for programming and execution which leaves the audience spellbound. In particular, his concert improvisations are truly remarkable. His ability to take a simple tune and subject it to any number of stylistic variations is dazzling. Joe's performances are noted for their sensitive musicality and are always entertaining.
Associate Professor of Music, Boston University Andrew Shenton, PhD

[Utterback's] improvisations are a tour de force. His interpretations are rich and sensuous but also playful and naughty. His technique is absolutely faultless. There is no fat on those fingers as they light into Art Tatum-like runs that are alternately molten and crystalline. Utterback has some chops and the soul to make them count.
The Advocate and Greenwich Time Linda O'Connell

Joe has visited our church on two different occasions, thrilling the congregation with his creative jazz renditions in worship and in a concert following. After his first appearance, the congregation was on their feet with a standing ovation and the following year he was invited back by popular demand. Our Chancel Choir enjoyed singing several of his anthems, which he conducted, and those in attendance were mesmerized by his technical ability, his creative arrangements, and his relaxed presentation at the concert.
The New England Congregational Church (UCC), Aurora, Illinois Rev. Gary L.McCann, Senior Minister

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