Jazziz describes the music as, “…an interesting set of gender-bending tunes.”
Drumhead magazine gives the album a pounding review!
LJN’s Mike Collins writes, “What kept bringing me back to listen however, was the emotion and lyricism in Hobgood’s playing. That combined with the creative arranging and fine playing of the ensemble make this a release well worth seeking out.”
USA’s Jazz Times writes, “In his liner notes, Hobgood says he considers Tesseterra a jazz album rather than a jazz/classical hybrid. But that’s underselling the achievement. It’s a soul-soothing blend of jazz, classical, and pop that doesn’t have a name other than ‘music’.”
Matthew Ruddick writes, “Hobgood has given us pleasing musical textures in abundance here, and his new album is highly recommended.”
Five Stars from BBC Music Magazine!
The FT’s Mike Hobart writes, “Laurence Hobgood’s delicately crafted improvisations give the album a gravitas that stands up to scrutiny.”
Sandy Brown Jazz writes, “With tesseterra, Laurence Hobgood has managed that rather rare beast, a successful integration of classical and jazz styles of music. But there is something more important: in an introductory video to the album, Hobgood quotes Duke Ellington saying that there are only two categories of music, good and bad. In the end, these are the only two categories that matter; and tesseterra is undoubtedly good music.”
Jazzwise Magazine says, “It’s sophisticated, inventive, never obvious.”
Roger Farbey writes, “Hobgood has produced here an exceptional debut album for the ever-burgeoning Ubuntu Music label, which augurs very well indeed both for the pianist and the record company.”