On 2014's "Harmonious Creature":
Harmonious Creature made Chris Barton's Top Ten list for 2014 Jazz in the LA Times!
Read HERE. "Venturing into wide open spaces that occasionally recall the folk-tilted chamber jazz of guitarist Bill Frisell...A serrated cover of Neil Young's "On the Beach" and Gillian Welch's lilting "I Dream a Highway" further underscore her broad, borderless vision." - Chris Barton
From the 4 Star Review in the April issue of DownBeat Magazine:
"What's not to like about alto saxophonist Sarah Manning's Harmonious Creature?...the quintet's take on Gillian Welch's "I Dream a Highway" is breathtaking. Beginning with just Hart's resounding low end and the leader's rich, emotional, sax the sad but hopeful ballad keeps you waiting for a beat that never comes." - Brad Farberman
"Sarah Manning is to the alto sax what JD Allen is to the tenor: even in a world of rugged individualists, she stands out...Her bright, defenestrating, Jackie McLean-esque tone, angst-fueled crescendos and stunningly uneasy tunesmithing also set her a step ahead of the pack. Her previous 2010 Posi-Tone release, Dandelion Clock, was that year’s underrated gem. It may be early in the year, but her new album Harmonious Creature threatens to be the best of 2014."
eMusic Pick of the Week:
"Melodies with a back-porch languor that sometimes jump out of their chair and go off and running, harmonies that melt into the skin like rays of sun, and rhythms that develop an amicable chatter, never losing their conversational demeanor. Just a lovely album, rich with textures."
All About Jazz:
"Sarah Manning proves to be a harmonious creature herself, capable of balancing order and chaos, shadows and light, and the simple and complex without issue. In an age when many a critic has bemoaned the homogenization of saxophonists on the scene, Sarah Manning is proof that personality can still triumph over standardization; Manning stands apart from the sea of sound-alikes." - Dan Bilawsky
DownBeat Editor's Pick (Davis Inman):
"Alto saxophonist Sarah Manning asserts her individuality on this disc...For the interpretation of [Neil] Young’s “On The Beach‚” Kang creates squealing‚ bagpipe-like sounds‚ while Jennings bangs out a heavy beat. The group works itself into a fuzzed-out frenzy‚ taking the song to an apex that the overdrive-loving Young would probably dig."