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Selected Critical Acclaim
Close Your Eyes: Women Jazz Composers
Thomas George, piano and Michael Kaupa, trumpet/flügelhorn

“Women composers get their due on Close Your Eyes, the new album by pianist Thomas F. George and trumpeter/flügelhornist Michael Kaupa.” Jazz Times

“Brilliantly performed by Thomas F. George on piano and Michael Kaupa on trumpet, this disc will astound the casual listener with the number of familiar pieces included.” Women of Note Quarterly

“This album of music by women jazz composers is a welcome addition to jazz recordings.”

“Kaupa has excellent intonation and tone on the flugelhorn”

“Kaupa . . . delivers a stylistically homogeneous solo that displays excellent technique and extended lines.” International Trumpet Guild Journal

Read the entire review from Women of Note Quarterly
Close Your Eyes: A Review by Thomas Erdmann

“What's important is that women are getting credit for a group of tunes that not many of us would guess were all written by women.”

“These tunes are played faithfully and affectionately”

“Kaupa concentrates on melody, symmetry, and beauty of tone rather than macho displays of speed, volume, and pitch. Especially on flugelhorn, he has that nice fat sound that people like Art Farmer and Tom Harrell have perfected.”

“just what the doctor ordered.” Cadence

“a nicely played and well-thought-out collection of straight-ahead jazz”

“An effective, serious performance . . . Consistently well-played . . . I like the jaunty way they play You Oughta Be in Pictures by Dana Suesse: Kaupa and George manage to capture the spirit of these older songs while still seeming roughly up-to-date.” Fanfare

“jazz arrangements by an excellent trumpet and flugelhorn player, Michael Kaupa, and a solid pianist, Thomas F. George” The Sacramento Bee

“The arrangements--all instrumental--spare and clean”

“The liner notes are especially valuable, and the notes accompanying on one of them will break your heart.” Mesa Tribune

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