"I applaud Ellen Rowe and the University of Michigan for top performances on their new recording. I love the band's sound, their swing, their ensemble playing and the fun that I can hear they are having...It is exciting to hear a swing and ensemble playing similar to that of the Basie band on Michigan's interpretation of "Splanky." I experienced renewed the goosebumps I would get when I played this tune with the Count Basie Orchestra. Bravo."
John Clayton, Jr.
"So much in a single package: Great heart for tradition - care and intelligence - fresh and adveturous stretching - true joy and abandon. A superb collegiate ensemble guided by one of the best in the field."
Fred Sturm, Director
Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Eastman School of Music