Tackling brave new territory in the conservative-leaning realm of classical music tradition takes a unique blend of conviction, refined talent and a bit of damn-the-torpedoes ambition. Those qualities are amply in evidence with the New Century Saxophone Quartet, not to mention a finely honed musicality deserving wider acceptance. … Polish and vitality distinguish the group. … Inherently, the New Century Saxophone Quartet is a crusading unit, spreading the gospel about this maligned instrument’s serious aspirations. They made believers here.
— LOS ANGELES TIMES

What distinguished this performance was that all of this was so well done with so little apparent effort or premeditation.
— THE WASHINGTON POST

The aural equivalent of spiked eggnog, this album mixes festivity and funk; Lenny Pickett’s hilarious klezmer-style “God Rest Ye Merry Gentle Mensch” is alone worth the price of admission.
— CHICAGO TRIBUNE

A virtuosic display of dexterity and keen ensemble work. … The quartet demonstrated both the liquid sinuosity and the pointillistic snap of the saxophone. … The players handled it all with panache.
— THE NEW YORK POST

The Mozart was played with the precision and grace of the Juilliard String Quartet.
— PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

The New Century Saxophone Quartet has avoided gimmicks in this remarkable reinvention of carols that is the freshest Christmas CD I’ve heard in years. … The result are Christmas carols that come alive, rescued from the bin of repetition and jaded familiarity. … Throughout, the quartet performs sensitively, always keeping the carols — and their spirit — at the forefront.
— PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

“Precise, synchronized playing was matched by a balanced blend. … A total winner.”
— KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

“The New Century Saxophone Quartet is a superbly talented ensemble.”
— THE BUFFALO NEWS

Played with the kind of dexterity and precision that made you want to either sell your saxophone or hit the practice room for the next 10 years.
— THE NEWS OBSERVER (RALEIGH, N.C.)

Doing for saxophones what Casals did for the cello and Segovia, for the guitar.
— SPECTATOR (RALEIGH, N.C.)

A festival of virtuoso fireworks. It may have been cold and nasty outside, but inside the North Carolina Museum of Art’s auditorium, things were cookin’.
— SPECTATOR (RALEIGH, N.C.)

An unusual take on familiar Christmas songs. … This release will particularly appeal to saxophone fans as well as anyone looking for holiday music with a little different bent.
— DENVER POST

A smoothness of sound, blend of ensemble and range of nuance that often astonishes. … No mere technicians but artists who entered into the spirit of the music with wit and fantasy.
— GREENWICH TIME (CONN.)

The New Century Saxophone Quartet is a breath of fresh air. … Indeed the disc A New Century Christmas is unique among this [year’s] crop ... It presents amusing and ingenious arrangements of Christmas tunes by a diversity of living composers, and the results are fun and original. By refusing to be gulled by the Christmas hype, the quartet has created something fresh and irreverent — and it will probably still sound good long after the turkey has become soup.
— BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

A revelation. … This is no ordinary recording but a devotedly virtuoso traversal of some of the most mind-bogglingly ingenious and inspired counterpoint ever committed to manuscript.
— INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

They combine great technique and elegant musicianship with a wonderful sense of chamber music.
— FANFARE

Played with such a catching and playful gaiety, the entire audience was won over easily by the quartet. The dynamic qualities of the quartet shone through in its unforced subtlety.
— LEIDSCH DAGBLAD (THE NETHERLANDS)