Esteemed Jazz Educator, Reviewer, and Music Fan, Ronald Jackson, wrote a great review for Kissed By The Sun for TheSmoothJazzRide website, and I took the liberty of condensing some of his wonderful comments below for space consideration. Check out his complete site and read the very well written, full review (with even more cool comments and personnel details) at http://www.thesmoothjazzride.com/site/gabriel-mark-hasselbach-kissed-sun/
"The first notes of the opening track “King James” .….indicate that this is going to be one cool party. It is, and the doors are open for all to attend. What a full, energetic project. His trumpet leading the way with pure, solid clarity and force, Hasselbach reaches into the engine of contemporary jazz with (co-writer) Jeff Lorber and adds a few more cylinders to ensure that this album not only rides but soars effortlessly through this journey.
This album has everything from good solid funk .. to a cool, polished straight-ahead number. Ah, the sweetness of jazz when you have the right personnel steering the vehicle. This is “Nobody Goes Anywhere Until This Vibe Stops” music. True aficionados of the genre will be held happily captive.
The snappy and tasteful title track keeps the party in high gear …..and the upbeat “No One Like You” ends the party with a bang. Hasselbach’s Kissed By the Sun brings variety and depth, real depth, to the genre and is truly a must-hear. With Lorber, it is one great collaboration and a demonstration of what true talent can create." –Ronald Jackson