” It was Jason’s dazzling brass on “For Them” that made it my personal favorite of the eleven high-energy pieces offered up for your long-term listening pleasure. I give Jason & his quintet a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this stunning work.”

Dick Metcalf
Improvijazzation Nation Issue #161 Reviews March 2016

“…invigorating, melodic and full of well-honed ensemble work and thoughtful, controlled solos…Klobnak and friends offer a distinctive sense of swing and lyricism. Combine those qualities with solid writing and the group’s enthusiasm, and the result is a mighty fine record.”

George Fendel
Jazz Society of Oregon-CD Reviews February 2016

“…his originals convey a general spirit of optimism in the composition and the harmonies. I am impressed by Klobnak’s writing, good themes and open to blowing…certainly Klobnak is deserving of wider attention.”

Robert D. Rusch
Cadence Magazine-Papatamus January 2016

“Klobnak returns with an equally satisfying collection, New Chapter, featuring saxophonist Elijah Samuels and drummer Paul Mullikin from the earlier record. Klobnak’s composing skills continue to evolve, particularly in the ballads as heard on “Awe” and “New Chapter.” Klobnak and company represent a cooled version of hard bop that never fully disintegrates into post bop and beyond. He employs complex heads that allow soloist the most room in which to forage for higher sounds and lyric ideas.”

C. Michael Bailey
Notable and Nearly Missed 2015 AllAboutJazz.com

“…the whole record is great for folks who want to just like jazz for the mellow feel.”

Hobert Taylor
KUCI 88.9FM Irvine, CA

“…Klobnak delivers killer post bop daddio jazz with just the right Blue Note vibe in tow. A tasty, inviting set, this is a sure bet to bring smiles to your face and ears. A solid work, this demands jazzbo attention.”

Chris Spector
2015 Midwest Record Volume 38/Number 306

“The group is a tight unit that swings well together on these original songs. The performance is tight and smooth throughout.”

Dave Rogers
91.1FM WTJU Virginia

“Klobnak’s writing and choice of colleagues make New Chapter a top Jazz album of 2015″

Tim Breckon
The Examiner August 2015


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