“Each player has chops to burn, but this band plays with a depth of conviction and soul, it is clearly something that sets them miles apart from many fusion bands out there these days.” –  5 FINGER REVIEW


LEMON WIRE – “The release is a must-listen for new and veteran jazz fans.”

JAZZ WEEKLY – “Optimistic, and a fresh breath of air for a genre that is sadly overlooked these days.”

“Drummer Brian Hudson leads a soul-jazz team that hearkens to vintage CTI sounds of bands like The Crusaders and Weather Report.” – JAZZ WEEKLY

BrianHudson-10-2017CONTEMPORARY FUSION REVIEWS – “debut CD’s seldom contain a full set of tunes that are ALL “picks”… just listen to the full-body on one of my favorite jazz pieces (yet) in 2017, “Seventy Eight.”

 “This collection of originals from Hudson and keyboard player Randy Hoexter is bristling with pure energy and excitement, and the whole album is executed with such precision that you’ll understand why these two gentlemen are so dedicated to this genre. Hudson is no wallflower, either–his drumming is up front and center, always full of complex rhythms and textures. From an audiophile point of view, his work is a tutorial on dynamic contrast.” – THE VINYL ANACHRONIST

“Drummer Brian Hudson’s heart is beating in the rhythm of contemporary jazz and jazz fusion. Next Level ventures to the hard core approach of eclectic jazz.” – SMOOTH JAZZ DAILY

“There is a deep musical sense about the tunes, not just pyrotechnic playing, not that I am saying that’s not in there – because it is, but its done with a maturity that offers a profound musical experience too.” – JAZZ SENSIBILITIES


“The songs blend jazz, fusion, funk and Latin with a contemporary jazz underpinning.” – DRUMHEAD MAGAZINE