“…pianist Jeb Patton is not one to tread the predictable and his time signatures cavort delightfully as he shifts pace and thrust seamlessly. Add clusters of notes and probing lines and this one becomes one for indulgement. Patton cuts another impressive swath on his composition ‘Hanna’s Mood.’ He is a player of great expression, bringing to the surface every little vignette that gives a song its depth and character.”
Jerry D’Souza, All About Jazz, March 2004
*from a review of A Love Song (Daddy Jazz Records, 2003) with Percy Heath, Albert “Tootie” Heath & Peter Washington

“It was Jeb Patton who went in for youthful displays: he played a walloping ‘Élégie,’ a transcription of Art Tatum’s version of Massenet. It felt like watching the changes in a fireworks show.”
Ben Ratliff, The New York Times, April 4, 2003
*from a review of The Heath Brothers at the Village Vanguard

“Jeb Patton, who studied with Sir Roland at Queens College, gave a sparkling, characterful account of the solo line…”
Allan Kozinn, “Remembering a Jazzman As a Classmate and Teacher” The New York Times, January 27, 2003
*a review of the world premier of Duke Ellington’s New World A-Comin’ in the chamber version scored by Sir Roland Hanna performed with the New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble

“Patton cites as prime influences McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell, Ahmad Jamal and Cedar Walton, but credits Queens College faculty member Roland Hanna as a recent inspiration. Patton’s immersion in Hanna’s concept comes through in All Is Not Lost, a ruminative original with a Bossa feel that displays true reverence for harmony; he pays homage to [Jimmy] Heath on an arrangement of The Quota, an early ’60s Heath opus with a bracing shout chorus.”
Ted Panken, Downbeat, Jazziz, WKCR

“On Wednesday night at the Jazz Bakery…the moments of amusement, entertaining as they were, only took place between pieces. While the music was underway, the Heath Brothers, with their longtime associate, Jeb Patton, on piano, were all business…Patton was featured in a stylish Century Rag…a performance that was an encouraging reminder, in these emotionally distressing times, of the capacity of jazz to lift the spirits and warm the heart.” Don Heckman, Special to The Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2001
*from the liner notes for On the Loose, The Sharp Nine Class of 2001 (Sharp Nine Records CD 1021-2) an annual series featuring the best young players on the New York City scene

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