Photo by Arnaud Ghys
THE New york times
“One striking thing about “Stranger Days,” the younger Mr. O’Farrill’s debut as a leader, is how self-secure and disencumbered it sounds. Marshaling a sharp band of his peers — Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on tenor saxophone; Walter Stinson on bass; and Zack O’Farrill, his older brother, on drums — Mr. O’Farrill establishes both a firm identity and a willful urge to stretch and adapt.”- Nate Chinen, The New York Times (review of debut album, “Stranger Days”)
"The two horns play together a lot, kibitzing behind each other solos. And that's a good thing. The rhythm duo is just as tight and active, moving their beats and phrases around. A ragged edge underscores the band's exuberance."
“As tight and hip as this quartet is, O'Farrill is becoming a soloist who simply must be heard for his trumpet mastery along. "Get Thee Behind Me Satan", the Irving Berlin tune known mainly from its Ella Fitzgerald reading, is treated here as a six-minute meditation for solo trumpet. O'Farrill takes his time, pulling every possibility from every note.”
“The album, which was recorded in the midst of a tour, captures the band playing with serious heat and interactive brio. This time out Adam explicitly draws upon nonjazz sources, opening with a thrilling adaptation of a northern Mexican folk tune called “Siiva Moiiva” and ending with a smoldering rendition of “Pour Maman,” an electro-soul song by New York singer-songwriter Gabriel Gárzon-Montano. While it’s early in 2018, I haven’t heard a better jazz record yet this year.”- Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader (preview of Chicago show in Feb. 2018/second album)
“What came out of that night is Stranger Days, a solid, swinging post-bop group that blends funk and hip-hop influences into the mix even as they evoke the minimalist charge of Cannonball Adderley’s Somethin’ Else or the maximalist gush of a Rahsaan Roland Kirk session.”- Robert Ham, Paste Magazine (premiere of “Monochrome Fantasy” music video)