"There are drummers who keep time and there are drummers who make you listen, whose shifting rhythms, exhilarating time feel and inventiveness make the music dance. Rob Garcia is one such drummer…"
-NYC Jazz Record

"masterly crafted album"
- Jazz da Gama

"Foxy!"
-Jazz Weekly

"like all great frontmen he puts the music first, not his instrument. And like fellow drummer/leaders Bill Stewart and Jack DeJohnette, Garcia always serves the music, but with that extra inner sparkle and finesse coupled to crackerjack time sensibilities that are constantly delightful."
-NYC Jazz Record

"…this is a true band and a collective sense of one-ness is heard…"
-NYC Jazz Record

"a nine-song jazz extravaganza that your ears won’t soon forget."
-Rotcod Zzaj

"Rob and crew get a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from my ears, with an “EQ" (energy quotient) rating of 4.99."
-Rotcod Zzaj

"INTENSE drummer"
-Winnipeg Free Press

"…when listeners begin to decipher the group's stylistic dialect - an adventurous blend of traditional and free-jazz elements - more than a few moments of intense pleasure await."
-JAZZIZ Magazine

"Drummer, composer, bandleader and in-demand sideman Rob Garcia is one of the shining stars at Brooklyn Underground Jazz Records"
-Something Else Reviews

"adventurous yet approachable postbop"
-Time Out New York

"The 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009"
– In the New York Observer. (for Perennial - Rob Garcia 4)

5 Stars in JazzReview.com
– (for The Drop and the Ocean - Rob Garcia 4)

5 Stars in Aargauer Zeitung (Switzerland)
– (for The Drop and the Ocean - Rob Garcia 4)

“Garcia is a drummer of invention, grace and considerable fire."
– Downbeat

“an engrossing listen that seers the senses."
– Downbeat

“…one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers."
– Capital New York

“remarkable drummer"
– Village Voice

“remarkable chemistry"
– Jazz Times

“Thoughtful original music delivered with rare conviction."
– Jazz Times

“If the excellent debut Perennial moved the Rob Garcia 4 among the vanguard of modern jazz, The Drop and the Ocean has solidified its place."
– NYC Jazz Record

“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene…"
– Time Out-New York

“…an elastic, adventurous statement from the drummer Rob Garcia."
– New York Times

“Rob Garcia has over the last decade has been one of the most notable composers and drummers in the Brooklyn jazz scene."
– Gaffa (Denmark)(english translation)

“Rob Garcia is truly a guy who is worth following."
– Gaffa (Denmark)(english translation)

"an adventurous drummer/composer with an elastic, resilient sense of time,"
– Hartford Courant

“Creativity that is off the chart!"
– JazzReview.com

“the Rob Garcia 4 is most definitely the truth."
– Nippertown

"The Rob Garcia 4 is fast becoming one of the city’s finest modern ensembles,"
– Capital New York

“An album that is solid from start to finish"
– Jazz Wrap

“Garcia is quickly and quietly turning into a unique voice within the jazz scene."
– Jazz Wrap

"…a 4tet that will be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come."
– JazzReview.com

"true working band feel"
– JazzReview.com

"(The Drop and the Ocean is) A musical journey of self exploration with an all star lineup that showcases Garcia's enumerable talents on this most compelling of releases."
– JazzReview.com

"The Drop and The Ocean" is music that moves the body, engages the mind and satisfies the soul. One cannot ask for more than that!"
– Step Tempest

"...a stellar release from drummer, composer and bandleader Rob Garcia."
– Digital Jazz News

"his feat of keeping time and soloing free form simultaneously is a marvel."
– Something Else

“Garcia is a drummer with an expert claim to our attention."
– IndyStar

“Drummer-composer Rob Garcia has crafted some meaningful, moving material here…He also demonstrates a remarkably melodic and thoughtfully orchestrated approach to his drum solos."
– Bill Milkowski; Jazz Times

“…Rob Garcia, whose seductive and provocative Perennial warrants more visibility than it's getting."
– Jim Macnie; Village Voice

“And if there’s one thing the Rob Garcia 4 has plenty of, it’s personality. Perennial pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and thoroughly satisfies."
– NYC Jazz Record

“Jazz is alive in New York. Keep it alive by buying this record (Rob Garcia 4: Perennial)."
– Jazz Note SDP

"Garcia's 4tet which includes some of the finest talent in the Big Apple today sets sail on an improvisational feast celebrating the musical version of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts."
– Digital Jazz News

"an adventurous drummer/composer with an elastic, resilient sense of time,"
– Hartford Courant

"The ultimate message from Garcia is that his band brings out both the individual soloing strengths of its members as well as their creative collaborative skills, their ability to interact, to play off of one anothers' ideas and to meld into a cohesive unit that is somehow greater than the sum of its parts."
– Hartford Courant

“I would be surprised if "The Drop and the Ocean" doesn't make many of this year's (best of) lists."
– Step Tempest

“lying behind the various botanical song titles is some edgy, challenging and vibrant music."
– NYC Jazz Record

“His playing is assertive but not showy, propulsive, melodic…"
– Hartford Courant

“…top shelf sideman drummer…"
– Something Else

“…when it comes to leading his own ensemble, his composing and band leading comes before his world-class drumming."
– Something Else

"kickbutt drums courtesy of Rob Garcia"
– Improvijazzation Nation

"Garcia's drumming is always succinct, sensitive, and composition-minded"
– Modern Drummer


“…this is also a recording whose music continues to "blossom" over many listenings.  I highly recommend this fine recording."
– Hartford Courant

"Everything seems to click for Garcia, whose control and direction cause the recording to unfold unassumingly with strength and beauty.…Garcia’s drums yield rolling waves of rhythmic power as he inserts himself as an integral team member rather than a showcased leader…It has a mystique that I found very seductive."
– Cadence Magazine

"Garcia is in complete control of his craft. ... This is beautiful music.
– AllAboutJazz.com

"I was singing back some of this stuff a week later."
– All About Jazz

"…drummer, Rob Garcia…represent(s) part of a budding New York City-based microcosm of jazz-based explorers… 
– All Music Guide

"…honesty in the leaders assertions also shines through…the deep emotions invested in their realization remain evident" 
– Cadence Magazine

"I’m REALLY picky about what goes on the front page. We get about 40 new albums a DAY coming in here now, (about 12,000 total), and yours (‘Place of Resonance’) is one of the best I’ve ever heard."
– Derek Sivers; President of CDBaby

"Rob Garcia and mates stretch their chops, minds and souls on ‘Place of Resonance’
– DownBeat

"Garcia has produced a set of original compositions that are guaranteed to entice the listener. Garcia is a master of different moods…This is a great release recommended to listeners who like interesting compositions that are also accessible."
– The Herald Sun

"This(‘Place of Resonance’) has appeared on a little known label…yet it is as confident, accomplished and, in it’s less flamboyant way, as individuated as either of the above big guns…He is a composer of considerable talent…As a drummer he has learned his trade in a variety of bands and his knowledge of radically different styles is put to good use in the shifts in tempo and emphasis that prevent the set getting too ambient…it is a very melodious record. It is a drummer-led, rather than a drums-led, project you will be relieved to hear…(a) genuinely whole group project"    
– PopMatters Music Review