"The Randy Simon Jazz Project brings to mind, on The Linda Sessions, a high end sports car in top condition zooming down a straight highway, with a rhythm section/drive train boosted by a piano and a guitar. The sound is clean, momentum smooth and straight forward.
The band is as tight as a late fifties/early sixties Blue Note Records session, featuring the four-man rhythm section with a trumpet and sax.
Simon's "project" features some of the top players in the Albany region, in a vibrant, live-in-the-studio atmosphere that results in lively, top-notch sounds.
The Linda Sessions serves up two disc's worth of first rate modern jazz…"
--Dan McClenaghan in allaboutjazz.com
"Nyhavn Live is an outstanding performance by a group of terrific musicians and a composer of significant talent and potential."
--Nick Mondello at AllAboutJazz
" This is another outstanding excursion for Simon’s compositions into that wonderful cultural harbor we adorn as hard bop. The musicians should be applauded as well for contributing appealing ornamentation to Simon's canopy of sounds."
-- Randy Treece at albanyjazz.com
"Simon's compositions and arrangements are extraordinary. Complex yet completely accessible, he paints dazzling portraits in sound, creating perfect launching points for his soloists. Light It Up, Simon's fourth album since 2008, continues a run of exceptional albums that present modern jazz at its best. The performers on this album are master craftsmen who bring Simon's compositions to life through skillful interaction and powerful solos."
-- Alexander Stern at allaboutjazz
"Awakening ... not only features outstanding performances by the cream of New York's Capital Region jazz scene, but also well-written, memorable tunes that make this album an exciting listening experience."
--Alexander Stern at allaboutjazz