“Reggie Watkins is one of the most accomplished and soulful jazz trombonists of his generation. Avid Admirer: The Jimmy Knepper Project, his third album as a bandleader, provides swinging, straight-ahead, musically challenging evidence of that assertion.”
Downbeat Magazine Editor's Pick - July 2016 Avid Admirer
Hothouse Magazine http://hothousejazz.com/blog/reggie-watkins
"...Reggie, like Jimmy, manages to improvise with an originality and creativity avoiding clichés and predictable phrases—in an entirely distinctive trombone style. His playing and the constantly engaging repertoire, as well as the first-rate band, make this a welcome album as well as a fitting tribute." - George Kanzler
Burning Ambulance https://burningambulance.com/2016/07/25/reggie-watkins/
Midwest Record http://www.midwestrecord.com/MWR1113.html
"Pure music, pure jazz and pure gold every step of the way when he steps into the Knepper's shoes and finds his own sizable talents augmented with the magic that's hard to explain..."
BYNK REGGIE WATKINS/Avid Admirer: Serendipity, synchronicity and promises that were made to be kept led to the making of this fantastic tribute to Jimmy Knepper played on the late bone masters own horns. Pure music, pure jazz and pure gold every step of the way when he steps into the Knepper’s shoes and finds his own sizable talents augmented with the magic that’s hard to explain. Backed by jazzbos that get it and want to be there, this romp through some of Knepper’s greatest moments sound as fresh as today as when they were written and first played making this simply an album that needed to be made. Killer stuff throughout.