"The multiple talents of John Cervantes were very much in evidence... First as composer: he had written seven of the nine pieces played, which on a first hearing showed remarkable exploration of texture and some moments of real depth. He had arranged all the works performed. As music director he was leading a thirteen piece ensemble with a conductors precision, and infinite care for balance and tuning. Cervantes, the pianist plays beautifully and lyrically... The sight of a large ensemble on stage was impressive but how much more impressive to hear them play... The enthusiastic audience would not let the band leave without an encore, they knew they had seen something special... John Cervantes is a composer, arranger and musician to watch out for."
Jane Stringfellow - LondonJazzNews.com
"The John Cervantes Trio are an absolute must see."
"A very exciting concert of brand new music... A line-up including the cream of London-based young jazz talent."
Helen Mayhew - Jazz FM
"These are works of patience, beautiful texture, and deep assurance. There is definitely a new voice at work here. Watch out for John Cervantes and this wonderful ensemble!"
Robert Mitchell - Testimonial
"Rising stars... pianist/composer Cervantes topping the bill with his large chamber jazz ensemble - a core combo with additional violinists - sounding akin to Brad Mehldau with strings."
Time Out London
"Pianist John Cervantes has already started to make a name for himself... An interesting programme... A very good ballad player... also playing some interesting rhythms too"
Walter Love, Jazz Club, BBC Radio
"An intriguing blend of jazz/classical music made its appearance in an impressive debut performance of the 13-piece Cervantes Ensemble... The Ensemble produced an impressive, deeply textured sound."
Sebastian Taylor - Camden New Journal