it’s official – Brian Woodbury is a multi-talented musician,
bordering on genius. …he should be up there with Zappa and
BBC Radio 3 Mixing It
August 13, 2004
extraordinary confection. Surprise your dinner guests; flummox the
music anoraks; and enjoy.
John Bungey, The Times (London)
June 12, 2004
truly great bandleader and composer…. shades of Nino Rota
and Zappa. (Woodbury) has a wonderful sound distinctly all his own.
The Variety Orchestra [is an] excellent
album… [with] great instrumentation and orchestrations.
BBC Radio 3 Mixing It
June 25, 2004
there is no way to classify what Woodbury and his Orchestra do….
There are other artists who blend styles, but none quite so seamlessly
and with complete abandon as Woodbury.
…Full of captivating melodies and rhythms…. Clever without
being coy, this album is remarkable….
John Kelman, All About Jazz
suddenly realize that you're not in Jazzland anymore. Woodbury seems
to draw inspiration from everything: The Duke, Spike Jones, Charles
Ives, John Zorn, Frank Zappa, traditional Mexican bands and Rock
in Opposition…. The cast of musicians is an impressive roll
call of LA and NYC experimental sidemen…
…Woodbury's witty sense of humor and indubitable talent for
writing intricate, whimsical music… [shines]. Highly recommended….
François Couture, All Music Guide
Orchestra is a plush, kaleidoscopic crazy quilt that playfully,
intrepidly skewers all manner of Americana of the last half of the
20th century as much as it pays loving tribute to it.
Mark Keresman, primetime
crosses genres like a post-modern madman… with a deft sense
of structure and composition and perfect accessibility. Variety
Orchestra is cartoonish without being absurd, and all shining with
the kind of California optimism that enlivened Van Dyke Parks' best
Jesse Jarnow, Jambands
music is exuberant, effusive, and extremely eclectic. … a
joy to hear…. an exhilarating ride… an inspired piece
of hilarity … subversive and entertaining music.
John Doll, Jazz Review
stunning… an ear-popper. Woodbury's genius is one of musical
Ken Egbert, Jazz Now
is an acoustic big band album, a big-hearted affair full of irrepressible
cheer, and played with … clean living all-American flair…
It’s intelligent fun…gloomy pie is off the menu. …sheer
verve and good humour….
Clive Bell, The Wire (UK)