There are jazz legends and then there are the “underground of the jazz renowned” – those who, although not as well known to the general public, are hailed by critics, revered by their legendary peers, influential upon younger players and sought after by collectors and cognoscenti. Hod O'Brien is one of these.
A masterful bop-based improviser... his lines unfolding with an impressive blend of precision and propulsive swing.
—Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
The best bebop pianist this side of Barry Harris.
—Len Dobbin, The Montreal Mirror
A most extraordinary distinguished musician... second generation of bebop pianomen... more elegant expression - his stroke is both stringent and sparkling... he creates intimacy
—Boris Rabinowitsch, Politiken, Copenhagen, Denmark
Unsung hero of Jazz... master of classic bebop piano
—Scott Yanow, L.A