Moving Still is the most gorgeous, enticing, classic album of 2016 in jazz so far.
While Finlayson clearly has his own sound, which manifests itself through his horn and his band, there's no one-size-fits-all method to his music
"Jonathan Finlayson, in Moment & the Message, has created a great modern jazz record that also sounds like joy and feels like a dance."
"This album resonates on an emotional and intellectual level, packed with melody, depth and ideas worth stealing"
"The best contemporary jazz is captured in its entirety in this exceptional debut"
All About Jazz Italy
"He breathes fire, but displays finely honed command and control techniques"
All about Jazz
"Through the tricky patterns, sudden thematic shifts and stylistic swaps on Jonathan Finlayson’s impressive debut album, one thing remains constant: the cool sense of refinement he brings to the music."
"The “trickiness” of this music is remarkably inviting. Rather than seeming technical or egg-headed, Finlayson’s themes seems natural and flowing, as if the irregular measure counts developed from breathing or walking rather than music school fancy-pantsiness. Jonathan Finlayson, in Moment & the Message, has created a great modern jazz record that also sounds like joy and feels like a dance."
"...Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson...straddles the mathematical and the colloquial so well on this debut that he seems bound for the stature of Coleman, Lehman and Tim Berne, and even of the great Henry Threadgill before them."
"This music manages a collision of complexity and almost pop-like pleasure"
"...Moment & The Message, not only displays his insightful playing and individualism but also some imposing composing skills."
All About Jazz
"It's tight-knit music, but seductively relaxed, too."
©Paul de Lucena