"One of those records where everything comes together so righteously that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy it, this is a solid mainstream date that does nothing but hit all the right notes and hit them so well. A warm, inviting date inspired by the sights and sounds of such a chilly place, this is a great set of summery sounds to chase the winter blues away. Well done."
"Tymas is a fine composer and a seasoned guitarist with strong improvisational skills.... Tymas doesn’t mind sharing his stage and it expands and drives his music.... [Jeri Brown’s] rich, classically trained voice curls and scats around the melody.... This recording, and its gifted band, represent the city of Montreal, Quebec in Canada.... The music here is based on the sights, sounds and people of this amazing Canadian city and performed by some of Canada’s premiere jazz musicians."
"For a taste of Baron’s guitar virtuosity listen to ‘Orange et Vert’ and then
see if you can pass up the entire collection! Classy, stylish and joyful."
“A sterling set of straightahead jazz.”
“Insight at Midnight is a powerful release.”
-All About Jazz LA
“A skilled and very thoughtful guitar player who selects and places his notes with great timing.”
-Snapshot Jazz Recording Reviews
“Tymas's music reflects his insight into many genres and moods as it moves from Brazil to bop, from solo guitar to octet, from calm to storm.”
“Outstanding record. In every respect. Love it! Excellent straight ahead jazz.”
-WNCU FM, Durham, NC
“Tymas' beautiful blend of jazz demonstrates his mastery in a way that begs notice.”
-WSHA FM, Raleigh, NC
“Tymas' compositions exhibit a wide range of moods, and always with well-crafted ensemble playing.”
-The Herald-Sun, Durham, NC
“The ensemble sound recalls vibist Gary Burton's quartet on "Duster."
-News and Observer, Raleigh, NC
“Great songs, fabulous musicians and tight and enhancing mixing and mastering.”
-WCOM FM, Carrboro, NC
"Baron Tymas, Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, is a fluent and inventive guitarist with a gift for composition. Blues for the Tribe, his debut album as a leader, features him in small group settings involving some of the best musicians in the Durham and Richmond VA areas. The result is a musical conversation where the players listen ... really listen ... and react to each other - the essence of jazz…. Blues for the Tribe is not only excellent music but a whole lot of fun to listen to."
"This CD has some excellent small ensemble work and is well worth checking out…. While there are some good interpretations of standards here—particularly the arrangement of “Afro Blue”—Tymas’ originals are what show off his talent."
-Durham Herald-Sun, October 20, 2006.
"Blues for the Tribe" (Tymas Music) is a well-rounded debut by guitarist Baron Tymas, assistant director of N.C. Central University's jazz program. Tymas uses three groups to express his interests. They include a modern, straightahead, acoustic quintet…; a slippery, often funky quartet with an alto saxophone; and an atmospheric quartet colored by electric piano. There's also a solo acoustic guitar samba track with overdubbed guitar parts and shekere. Tymas penned five of the album's 10 tunes…. The quintet… stretches out on four cuts to reveal impressive
rhythmic roots and extensions and impressive technique…. The funky quartet cuts include alto saxophonist James B. "Saxsmo" Gates Jr., bass guitarist Carl Lester El and drummer Ira "Nate" Smith…. Tymas is both mellow and animated on this group's three tracks…. The second quartet, with electric pianist Ed Paolantonio, bass guitarist Damon Brown and drummer Thomas Taylor III, plays two tunes…. The effect of these is to recall the late '60s, when the electric piano was a new sound in jazz."
-Raleigh News & Observer, October 22, 2006
"The first song fools you! I was all prepared for a CD of blues, but cut number one takes you on a straight ahead path.... Perhaps nebulous wasn’t the right title for these musicians. They articulate excellence on their instruments…. As [Tymas] strums away, he communicates joy and happiness…. It’s bound to make you grin and expose your own dimples; that is, if you happen to have any…. Blues for the Tribe is a solid musical effort…."
-Cadence, January 2007