Press

"Destined to rank as one of the most musical drummer-led projects ever recorded."
Danny Gottlieb- May 2008

​from the liner notes of Arbors C.D., ARCD #19374
"Bridging The Gap", The Eddie Metz, Jr. Trio,

​see "The Eddie Metz Trio" page for more information

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Review by Jack Simpson for the Central Florida Jazz Society Newsletter, May 2005


​Mardi Gras at Timucua

When I read the personnel list, I saw several familiar and respected names, like Wertz, Hagler, Bradette and Metz. After listening some more, I realized that you really have to be some kind of musician to play this kind of music (well,I mean), and obviously they all are! At first I was not all that enthused. It is not all bop, by any means, there's some very very funky stuff, especially "Dowg" which has a spectacular alto solo by Dan Martel. I asked Lorraine what she thought. "I like it a lot" she said , "I can almost see Ray Charles swaying along at his keyboard!" I'm glad that I Iistened some more. My favorite cuts are "Slander" with Rex Wertz, alto and Keith Oshiro, trombone. Lorraine knew immediately which standard tune it's based on. Another is "Lonna Dee" (you can probably figure that one out!).

After a couple more listens I was very impressed with the Benoit Glazer compositions, arrangements and performance. If you need to demonstrate, perhaps to a young player, how good drumming should sound during a jazz piece, have him listen to Eddie Metz Jr. here! This music is so interesting, so entertaining, and getting into it, is so enjoyable!

A candidate for "Years best" I would say!

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“Very musical, tasty and brilliant. BRAVO, Eddie!”

Louis Bellson, March 1993

​From the liner notes of the Arbors C.D. #19115
“John Allred Quartet: In the beginning…….”

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“One of the best in the business!”

Dick Hyman, Jan. 2006

​Introducing Eddie on stage at Philharmonic Hall, Naples, Florida

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“In a way he reminds me of Big Sid Catlett who produced a tremendous variety of sounds on his kit, even varying the texture from one soloist to the next in a single performance. I particularly like Ed’s use of the brushes, providing the group with a smooth, gentle carpet of sound to play over.”

Bob Wilber, April 1994

​From the liner notes of the Arbors C.D. #19135
“Bob Wilber: Horns- A- Plenty”

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“Not only plays with impeccable time, but he gives the band the drive it needs to really swing and the finesse to just play pretty”

Tom Saunders, Dec. 2003

From the liner notes of the PKO Records C.D. #026
“Tom Saunders and the Mid-West All-Stars: Live at the Firefly Club, Vol. 1”

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“He is a man who can play flawless solo’s but never forget that the appropriate role of percussion is one of support. In short he is always helpful and never in the way.”

Rick Fay, July, 1996

From the liner notes of the Arbors C.D. #19171
“Allan Vache Sextette: Swing and Other Things”

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“One of the finest of the younger current crop of traditionalist swingers much in the mold of Big Sid Catlett, Zutty Singleton and Buddy Rich”

Michael Nastos, Jan., 2001

from the liner notes of the Arbors C.D. #19239
“Chuck Hedges Quartet: Just For Fun

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"I'd heard so many good things...he really surpassed my expectations.  He's just a marvelous player, a natural!"

Buddy DeFranco, Dec., 2006

from the liner notes of the Arbors C.D. #19349
"Buddy DeFranco: Charlie Cat II"