The band's music is a key document for understanding the evolution of the social and musical avant-garde jazz that season, between New York and Chicago, has ferried sounds and political awareness in the present, through the thousand streams of postmodernity with a voltage the future but maintained its anchor firmly tied to its history.
- Gianpaolo Galasi, mescalina.it, November 5, 2011 Read Full Review
... it's some of the liveliest and most important work you'll hear for the early roots of Asian-American jazz!
- Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation, Issue #106 reviews, November 4, 2011 Read Full Review
- Gian Paolo Galasi , July 23, 2011 complete communion.blogspot.com, Read Full Review
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-Michael Rosenstein, Signal to Noise Read Full Review
Commitment recently proved how fresh they still are by staging a near-sold out reunion concert at 5C Cultural Center, a small independent venue that has survived by a hair for the last 16 years.
- Steve Dalachinsky, The Brooklyn Rail, June 6, 2011 Read Full Article
Commitment The Complete Recordings 1981/1983 | NoBusiness
One of those records that must have seemed interesting but unfocused at the time sounds prophetic now, especially padded out to two-disc length with a rousing live set.
- Tom Hull, The Village Voice, May 11, 2011
- Brad Farberman, Time Out New York, April 28-May 4, 2011 Read Full Review
- John Ephland, Downbeat Magazine, January 2011 Read Full Review
- Stuart Kremsky, The IAJRC Journal, December, 2010 Read Full Review
An incredible two-disc recording documenting the talented but under-represented Afro-Asian avant garde quartet that included reed player Will Connell, Waukegan-born violinist Jason Hwang Kao, bassist William Parker and drummer Zen Matsuura… this release is more than just a trip down memory lane - the music is vital and surprisingly fresh and modern.
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While barely heard in their half-decade lifespan, this peerless ensemble is once again available for investigation.
- Clifford Allen, Ni Kantu, December 20, 2010 Read Full Review
…"The Complete Recordings" a revelation… (google translation)
- Frank Bongers, Jazz Dimensions, November 17, 2010 Read Full Review
The sound texture of the group in full sail is dramatically powerful and nuanced….For a relatively brief moment in the 80’s they showed themselves as one of the most important improvisatory ensembles of the era.
- Grego Applegate Edwards, gapplegate.com, October 11, 2010 Read Full Review
-Jeff Stockton, All About Jazz New York, Oct. 1, 2010 Read Full Review
They are significant in being one of the first bands to marry African American and Asians in a contemporary jazz band. The fusion yielded a wealth if creativity and though it was relatively short lived, it marked a significant movement.
- D. Oscar Grooms, O’s Place Jazz Magazine, September 26, 2010 Read Full Review
- Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, 2010 Read Full Review
As one of first bands to unite Asian American with African American musicians, the quartet, comprising Jason Kao Hwang on violin and Zen Matsuura on drums with reedman Will Connell Jr. and bassist William Parker, was almost unprecedented and its blending of cultures unique.
- John Sharpe, All About Jazz, September 3, 2010 Read Full Review
- Alonzo Weston, News Press Now, July 14, 2010 Read Full Review
This was a very enjoyable and interesting collection from a band that clearly did not receive their due.
- Tim, Jazz and Blues Blogspot, July 3, 2010 Read Full Review
Three decades later, we can only be amazed that these young musicians already had some of the great musical personalities and vision that they expanded on during the years to follow, stubbornly sticking to what they learned during the haydays of the loft period in New York, yet adding character, power and expressiveness over the years. But it's all here, already then : the freedom, the spirituality, but also their typical approach to get more of their instruments than artists had done before.
- Free Jazz Blog, June 24, 2010 Read Full Review
- Patricia O'Haire, The NY Daily News, June 24, 1983 Read Full Article
- The NY Daily News, November 14, 1982 Read Full Article
Commitment's originality and eloquence show up more clearly at slower tempos.
- Jon Pareles, NY Times, November 8, 1982 Read Full Review
- Jon Pareles, (Jazziz?) 1981 Read Full Review
The quartet has the rare ability to give drama and direction to music with a floating beat,and its main soloists - Jason Hwang on violin and Will Connell Jr. on woodwinds - choose very note with care. - Jon Pareles, New York Times (1983)
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