"Under any circumstances, violinist James Sanders’ Conjunto is richly worth hearing, its approach to Afro-Cuban music authentic but not dripping with nostalgia... exquisite.” - Chicago Tribune
“Sanders brought his much-praised Conjunto onstage to thrill the large audience… the cream of the crop on the Chicago Latin scene… an astounding display of sights and sounds… one nearly expected the powerful violinist’s instrument to burst into flames at any moment.” - ChicagoJazz.net
"Sanders somehow has managed to find common ground between Afro-Cuban musical tradition and avant-garde experimentation.” - Chicago Tribune
"When Wilkerson’s sax brewed intensely meditative passages, crying out languorously up to the sky, the haunting beauty of Bankhead’s and Abrams’ bass arco settled in over everything. And when Sanders’ violin was streaking across the scene like lightning unbottled, it was Ra’s sympathetic cymbal crashes that kept things grounded… no different when Ra and Leroy drew some thunder of their own when Sanders’ violin settled into a state of tranquility. This was a performance where the gentle comedowns of melody behaved as a sunrise quietly dispelling the long night’s madness." - Bird is the Worm
“Sanders is a generous bandleader, giving his collaborators plenty of room to develop their ideas. Jazz is about listening closely and working together, and nowhere was this more true that on Friday night... Sanders guided the music, his violin moving from serene to intense and back again with aplomb.” - Agúzate
"This was the sound of borders being breached, of walls being torn down. African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and African languages were all spoken, but more importantly, also listened to, responded to, moving the music forward.“ - Border Radio
"A kind of a musical melting pot, in which a variety of cultural traditions and stylistic genres... form a unique symbiosis of sound. Proyecto Libre smoothly passed from contemplation and almost transcendental climates to a musical fiesta full of lively rhythm... a synonym for the characteristics of the ideal Chicago music, in which the various trends... form a kind of new music culture." - Long Play (Poznan, Poland)
Blue Violin Quartet
“Sanders demonstrates supreme technical aplomb… an enjoyable addition to the jazz violin legacy” - Chicago Jazz Magazine
“There are precious few jazz violin greats. With ‘Blue Violin’, Sanders takes a very serious step in their direction.” - Chicagomusic.org
“A set of standards refreshed with a light, uncomplicated touch… his sound is pleasingly unadorned… the quieter parts of this album exemplify how less is very often more.” - Strad Magazine
"This album is the perfect manifesto for those who want to get acquainted with the world of jazz violin… performed with exquisite taste and precision.” - Listener review at CD Baby
James Sanders discusses his Johnny Frigo Tribute Project
with Mike Jeffers of Chicago Jazz Magazine.
"Sanders was the epitome of cool...
A free thinker who is expanding
the possibilities of the violin."