[ASJP] delivers something striking…Hsu’s arrangements are clean yet passionate, rhythmic and confident in a way that suits these Sondheims. Vocalist Alex Samaras is ideal for the project: a straightforward but big-hearted tenor who puts energy and acumen into every Sondheim story.
David Bittinger, All About Jazz
…crisp arrangements with plenty of jazz meatiness to them…without overwhelming the Sondheim material at its core…. Samaras is simply a formidable talent with rich timbre, unfettered expressiveness and a broad emotional range.
Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
While it does take some effort to place the Sondheim cannon into a jazz context, these gentlemen have found effective ways to do so. I give this one an enthusiastic thumbs up!
Joseph Lang, Jersey Jazz
[Hsu says] “I wanted to be Sondheim’s advocate in the jazz world, rather than appropriating his songs as mere source material.” He succeeds in his quest.
Marianne Meyer, The Sondheim Review