"The Russian has a refreshing indifference to what’s supposed to go with what in 21st-century jazz... he’s hired some of the classiest sidemen in the game... the music seems to draw out Akinmusire’s most impressionistic qualities, and Harland’s drumming is jaw-dropping throughout."
4 Stars, The Guardian
"It can be fast and furious, tender and emotional and a whole lot of fun too, for the listener as well as the musicians. How many jazz recordings can you say that about these days?"
4 Stars + feature, Jazzwise Magazine
"One of the year's most interesting releases."
4 Stars, UK Vibe
"Countless shades and colors, and new ones open up with each listening. Intoxicating!"
Jazz Thing Magazine
"It is straight jazz with grooves, beats and cheek. As a composer and arranger, Strigalev subverts the roles of soloist and rhythm section but it's his sax playing that lingers."
4 Stars, Evening Standard
"Sometimes a CD seems to fall straight from the sky... Strigalev has generated a veritable personal style while surfing through the entire history of jazz... The only certainty is that this music has humor and is highly musical."
"Smiling Organizm is one of the most interesting formations in recent years."
"Together with his Smiling Organizm Group consisting of American musicians, some of even Blue Note fame, the exceptional musicians embark on a journey through the depths of jazz expressiveness and combines them with unpolished harmonies and quirky guitar runnings, creating a unique sound world of electronic effects, distorted noise and hectic swing styles. No simple feat, but exceedingly tasty!"
"Expands upon the promise exhibited by the first Smiling Organizm record. An album that is once again bursting with ideas."
4 Stars, The Jazz Mann
"It's rare to find an ensemble recording that feels so well balanced—the considerable individual talents supporting the whole, rather than allowing one or two players to dominate."
4 Stars, All About Jazz
"Where Strigalev’s compositions really stand out is in the blending of tonal color, which is in most cases strikingly attractive."
4 Stars, The Arts Desk
"Everything is exuberantly, madly creative... All six musicians play with verve and power, the horn section parts being particularly fruity, and the album doesn’t really have any low points, just lots of surprises all the way to the end."
The Jazz Breakfast
"This is no stretch limousine of glossy, forgettable soft jazz, but rather an impassioned outpouring of the sax man’s quirky, raw, yet ultimately tuneful creations as composer and instrumentalist.... Crank it up."
"Goofiness falls away and he becomes a musician of total concentration, eyes closed, his surroundings entirely forgotten. With so many players, a rise in physical excitement tends to go with a loss of musical focus. With Strigalev, it’s the other way about; he actually builds excitement by homing in inexorably on a phrase, pursuing it through every possible variation. As for his compositions, they fuse together straight-ahead jazz melodiousness, pithy funk bass motifs and a delightful eccentricity."
4 Stars, The Telegraph
"Robin Goodie is highly absorbing, and there is much magnificent music to savor."
"An album that has its rollercoaster qualities but surprising amounts of tenderness stitched in there too, Strigalev on a roll."
"Russian alto saxophonist is in serious company here, with monster electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and ex-Pat Metheny sideman Larry Grenadier on double bass.... there's rarely a dull moment."