What makes a great big band record? … Is it the writing, arranging, or performance? In the case of the Fat Cat Big Band, the answer is yes, yes, and yes.
Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz.com
This has to be one of the best, and one of the hippest big bands out there today.
Grego Applegate Edwards
With strong writing, lush arrangements, some humor and some political venting ... Synstelien and crew definitely know how a modern, innovative big band should sound.
Mike Shanley, Jazz Times
These two releases should establish Synstelien as a significant writer and the Fat Cat Big Band as one of the most refreshing groups to come along in years.
Duck Baker, All About Jazz
This performance is loose in all the right ways