Current Reviews of Josh Green & The Cyborg Orchestra
NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY
The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2017
"Green ambitiously makes his debut with an irrepressibly theatrical, sometimes vaudevillian, lavishly cinematic big band album that rivals Esquivel for outside-the-box creativity and bizarro orchestration. One of the funnest and most irreverent albums of the year."
5 / 5 Star Review & BEST OF 2017
"The album is a marvel of unexpected voices, as well as tunes that threaten to go every which way but are paradoxically even-keeled."
"If Looney Tunes were to revive, Green would write the soundtracks."
Return of the composer-performer: a rough guide to new music by virtuoso musicians
"Telepathy and Bop bristles with energy from start to finish..."
The album’s opening piece, for example, Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, is an explosion of Zappa-esque fusion, with prominent electric guitar figures, distinct jazz textures and harmonies, and the changeable, meter-shifting rhythms that jazz and contemporary classical music share."
all about jazz
3.5 / 4 Star Review
"Joshua Green shows a command of a range of styles, presenting dark and thorny classical works as well as more accessible collages of jazz, humor and familiar soundtrack motifs. Hopefully the demands of his television work don't prevent him from putting out more fascinating music like this in the future."
"...nice integration of accordion and strings and lovely solo turns for piano and tenor sax."
"Green mashes a grab bag of styles together in a quirky manner that recalls units like the Willem Breuker Kollektief. the ICP Orchestra and some of Frank Zappa's bands, but with subtler humor.
art music lounge
"This is a stupendous album, one of the most auspicious record debuts of any new band in recent memory.
"Josh Green's Debut Album Really Hops!"
bird is the worm
"It’s the kind of album that you’ll enjoy immensely, even if you can’t entirely explain why. And, ultimately, as you keep hitting the play button, you’ll find that you really don’t care."
"It’s a deluge of imagery. Sometimes it’s a curious beauty, and sometimes it’s jaw-dropping gorgeous."
"Josh Green's music is full of surprises and left me smiling. If Fellini directed a Twilight Zone episode about the artist Paul Klee, this would be the soundtrack. It is evocative and playful, and certainly does not fit in a box, a quality I wish more composers would find. Mr. Green has found a truly original and engaging voice."
bebop spoken here
"Is the album Interesting? Yes. Zany? Yes. Colourful? Yes."
"Technically [and] beautifully played by all concerned, and great if you’re a fan of abstract, contemporary, classical music."
"This recording combines such unlikely elements as modern jazz, contemporary classical music, surreal visual art, large doses of whimsy, and a love for New York grounded in the city's disparate whirlwind of people, energies, and jubilant creativity"
"This is genuinely exciting large-ensemble music that orders off every page of the menu.
the vinyl district
"Imbued with avant-edginess, the titular jazz style and Green’s background in contemporary classical tilt matters toward structure over the abstract. The writing, particularly for strings, is strong, the “offbeat sense of humor” avoids the zany, and the guitar and piano excel."
herb alpert jazz composer award
Joshua is honored to have received ASCAP's 2016 Herb Alpert Jazz Composer Award. The award was given at the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Awards at Lincoln Center.