DownBeat wrote, “John Hollenbeck continues to astound as a composer, prone to value accessibility as much he does adventure… The overall effect is mesmerizing.”  The Boston Globe commented, “Hollenbeck often favors themes and rhythms that find their source in folkloric ‘world’ music, especially that of Africa and Brazil. Those themes and rhythms are often offset by the malleable, porous sound of the quintet’s unique instrumentation, which allows for passages of quiet lyricism.” The New Republic wrote, “What makes Hollenbeck’s music unique is not its formal innovation, though it is formally inventive and full of unusual ideas. It’s exceptional because it’s exceptionally good—neatly formed but loose in feeling, lucid, consistently interesting, and, above all, emotionally potent.”