Rudy Royston: DAY press roundup

It’s been three months since the release of DAY, Rudy Royston‘s second recording with his ensemble Flatbed Buggy. We’ve gathered some great reviews of the album to highlight the great reception it’s had so far. Thank you!

“One of the best jazz releases this year.”
★★★★½ Stephen Graham, Marlbank

“A wonderful album from an articulate drummer whose sound is contagious.”
★★★★ Filipe Freitas, JazzTrail

“An example of artistic expression that’s both personal and universal.”
– Michael Toland, The Big Takeover

“Rich textures, spirited interplay, resonant low register harmonics, and terrific writing make Royston’s second effort with his quintet, Flatbed Buggy, one of the year’s most creative offerings to date.”
– Jim Hynes, Making a Scene!

“Every detail counts and the whole is stunningly beautiful, timeless.”
– Yves Dorison, CultureJazz

“Royston is subtle and often understated—though he does swing—serving the music in the best possible way.”
★★★1/2 Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

“[Flatbed Buggy] was a meditative, fiercely rural record […] This new album reunites the same five musicians for a more cranked-up but still extremely thoughtful collection.”
– Phil Freeman, Stereogum

“Royston deftly pushes Flatbed Buggy forward with textural, organic grooves that stand out but never distract from the communal group vibe.”
★★★★ Matt Collar, AllMusic

“Original, yet seemingly familiar, songs, arranged as artfully as chamber music but with more engaging swing.”
★★★★ Howard Mandel, DownBeat

“So damn personable. It’s very expressive, yet it’s unassuming in its delivery.”
– Dave Sumner, Bandcamp Daily – Best Jazz on Bandcamp

“It’s hard to imagine a better outlet for [Rudy Royston’s] vision than Flatbed Buggy.”
– Ron Schepper, Textura

“Finds a wide range of expression in musical forms that were born in the countryside and grew up in the big city… it will continue to reveal its pleasures over repeated listenings.”
– Mel Minter, Musically Speaking

“A beautiful, artful recording that should speak to everyone passionate about dynamic group interaction in jazz and folk contexts.”
– Pat Youngspiel, All About Jazz

Order / listen to DAY here.