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"concert review"

“Promising singer/songwriter Solomon has a sensitive touch and an ear for pop ballads.”

[To download a complete press packet, copy in this link: http://jeffsolomonmusic.com/drop/pk/Jeff_Solomon_pksmall.pdf] - Time Out New York


"cd review"

“A promising collection of songs that display an impressive amount of weight. Immediately likeable and full of nuances to pick over.”

[To download a complete press packet, copy in this link: http://jeffsolomonmusic.com/drop/pk/Jeff_Solomon_pksmall.pdf] - Drowned In Sound (England)


"cd/concert review"

“Solomon has enough practical musicianship to turn oddities into very successful, brainy-complex pop songs.”

[To download a complete press packet, copy in this link: http://jeffsolomonmusic.com/drop/pk/Jeff_Solomon_pksmall.pdf] - New York Press


"cd review"

“Delightful… This Manhattan boy can sure sing. The KCRW's of the world should be all over this.”

[To download a complete press packet, copy in this link: http://jeffsolomonmusic.com/drop/pk/Jeff_Solomon_pksmall.pdf] - Jonathan L, JL Radio


"track review"

“The music has a strong appeal that the listener won’t be able to get enough of. [The] vocals are soulful and beautiful! The melodies are outstanding.”

Overall Score: 94/100

[To download a complete press packet, copy in this link: http://jeffsolomonmusic.com/drop/pk/Jeff_Solomon_pksmall.pdf] - VH1 Song of the Year Competition


"cd review"

"[Jeff]'s perfected his singer/songwriter skills - his sound is a cross between a younger Elvis Costello and Rufus Wainwright... His talent will most assuredly bloom."

[To download a complete press packet, copy in this link: http://jeffsolomonmusic.com/drop/pk/Jeff_Solomon_pksmall.pdf] - The Deli Magazine


"cd review"

"We hear a sound that is altogether wholesome and melodically rich, with jazz chord versings intertwined with iconic pop structures and textures. Solomon's sound is large and weighty, often hitting with the melodic fervor and flare of a young Ben Folds. We hear a song like 'Gramercy,' with its thick but bright drum tracking and punching piano bass stabs and realize that Solomon also bears an uncanny vocal resemblence to one of his admitted inspirations, Rufus Wainwright."

[To download a complete press packet, copy in this link: http://jeffsolomonmusic.com/drop/pk/Jeff_Solomon_pksmall.pdf] - Carpal Tunnel


Discography

"Around the Square" EP

Radio airplay:

WICB (Ithaca, NY)
WEQX (Vermont/New York)
KALX (Berkeley, CA)
KWVA (Eugene, OR)
KZSC (Santa Cruz, CA)
The Bridge 105.5 (Charleston, SC)
Yellow Beat (Japan)

Online radio:

Largehearted Boy (music blog)
Harris Radio (online radio)
radioIO Pop (online radio)
SrokaSounds (UK-based podcast)
Baskerville's Syndrome (music blog)

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Bio

Over the last two years, Jeff Solomon has emerged as New York's premier ukulele-slinging Romanian-American singer/songwriter. Competition was fierce, as one can surely imagine.

Jeff's shows, which find him switching off between piano and baritone ukulele, have been attracting large and attentive audiences since 2003. Jeff studied saxophone and composition at Cornell University under the guidance of Steven Stucky (2005 Pulitzer for Music). He soon began using his training to turn unconventional chord structures into hooks, pairing them with playful lyrics that twist and braid multiple meanings into a rope... of... words... Ahem.

Jeff became a regular on the Ithaca music circuit, performing as a saxophonist in four bands and playing singer/songwriter gigs opening for indie poppers such as Ari Hest. In 2002, Jeff and four other Cornell alums formed the popular sketch comedy group Elephant Larry, which recently sold out the entire three-month run of its latest show and was called "a hilarious multimedia mix of the deadpan and the maniacal" by the New York
Times. Jeff serves as E.L.’s resident composer and songwriter, which keeps him busy along with session work as an arranger, saxophonist, and keyboardist.

"Around the Square," Jeff’s debut EP, was written and arranged by Solomon and produced by engineer/producer Andrew Felluss, a protégé of Phil Ramone who has worked on a wide variety of acclaimed projects (Ray Charles's "Genius Loves Company," Jay-Z, Paul Simon, The Neptunes, Marwood). This recording brought together a band of talented players from several well-known acts,
including bassist Steve Lucas from Bruce Cockburn's band. The result is a confidentsounding first record that bears repeated listening. “Around the Square”
surrounds Jeff’s delicate, honest voice with a rootsy, lived-in sound, and the songs cover the spectrum from chamber to funk, from twang to twee.