Press

 

Praise for 'Yellow Red Blue'(2016):

 

"Lovell-Smith's compositions have taken on a new depth of expression here, with a mix of erudition, beauty and approachability...she is an artist with huge potential"

- Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz.com

 

"...bright, joyful, handsomely orchestrated chamber-bop that anyone could dig."

-Hank Shteamer, Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches (Best of 2016)

 

"...the maturation of [Lovell-Smith's] vision from debut to follow-up results in a much greater presence..Truly a beautiful recording."

-Dave Sumner, Bandcamp Daily

 

"The three compositions [featuring string quartet]...superbly and wonderfully fuse jazz and classical inspirations in lovely ways." -Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition

 

" ... a strange but highly effective band... [Yellow Red Blue] hits a magical sweet spot where it would sound just as entrancing on the street as it would in a concert hall... an album to be proud of." -Mitchell Houlbrooke, The Spinoff

 

"...a joy to hear from the opening seconds of the opening track." -Richard Kamins, Steptemptest

 

"This is a lovely album, her compositions and arrangements outstanding, the recording immaculate...Lovell-Smith has clearly assimilated a multiplicity of interesting influences. Her beautifully crafted  compositions teeming with ideas." -John Fenton, JazzLocal32

 

"[Lovell-Smith's] synthesis of jazz and classical music is delightful, her arrangements and production superb."

-Mike Greenblatt, The Classical Arts

   

"Yellow Red Blue is much more than a statement of primary color, with Lovell-Smith at her best when she paints with the whole tonal palette."

-Elliott Simon, New York City Jazz Record

 

"Lovell-Smith se nos presenta como una compositora de mirada original, que hace un jazz de cámara moderno y complejo"

-Félix Amador, Jazz, ese ruido

 

Praise for 'Fortune Songs' (2012):

 

"Honest, intelligent chamber jazz, stark in its minimalism, gentle in its dissonance, firm in its lyricism." - JazzTimes, November 2012

 

"If I had to describe Lovell-Smith’s playing in one word, it would be lyrical. She lives in a space that most of us only visit occasionally." -Sam Newsome, 2015

   

"an auspicious debut...[Lovell Smith's] exquisite musicianship parallels an intrepid spirit" -Jazziz, Winter 2012

   

“a superb debut" - All About Jazz.com

   

“an outstanding collection of original jazz compositions..." - Utne Reader

   

"[A recording that will] challenge and inspire most ardent jazz fans." - NZ Musician Magazine

   

"arrestingly wry and lyrical...a distinctive new voice on the soprano saxophone" - The New York City Jazz Record

   

"[an] impressive introduction...Tantalizing melodies, a deft use of dramatic tension, and tunes that nicely straddle the divide between new- and old-school jazz." - eMusic

 

"...dynamite debut..." - Stephen Graham, Jazzwise/Freelance (UK)

   

"...enchanting lyricism atop organic compositions..." - Bird is the Worm

   

"[Lovell-Smith] writes constrained but quite delightful tunes." -Graham Reid, Elsewhere (NZ)

   

"The music [Lovell-Smith] and the band make is often quiet in volume but intense in its emotional content" - Step Tempest

   

Read an interview with Jasmine on Sam Newsome's SopranoSaxTalk blog

   

Read an interview with Jasmine in NZ Musician Magazine: Page 1, Page 2

   

Listen to a radio interview with Jasmine by Richard Kamins (of Step Tempest)