"This recording reminds me of why I love John’s music. It sounds like it’s happening now. I’m hearing it for the first time but it is also familiar. I listen again and again and a familiar voice says something brilliant and unexpected. The Mood or Sarah’s Bracelet make me want to go back to the beginning as soon as I get to the end. That’s how the whole record is."
Dave Mathews - March 1, 2023
"John D'earth is one of the foremost jazz trumpet players of our time. Like his greatest predecessors (Louis, Bix, Roy, Sweets, Cootie, Nance, Diz, Miles, Clark, Clifford, Chet, Wynton), he is immediately recognizable by his totally unique and beautiful tone. His improvisations and songs are pure wonders of sonic narrative and structure. John's newest recording, "Coin of the Realm", represents him at his very best. His 4 colleagues on the album are all outstanding performers in their own right, and here are catapulted, by John's influence and leadership, into a level of the remarkable. This is a 5+ star recording."
Doug Richards - March 30, 2023
"I love Coin of the Realm – great tunes, nice stylistic variety but overall hangs together as a clear, cohesive statement. Possibly my favorite is “Sarah’s Bracelet;” and the trumpet playing throughout is mature and masterful – thematic development, space, groove, melodically interesting, all of it!"
Bruce Hornsby - May 12, 2023
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