Allaboutjazz Magazine. March
2020. By Mark Corroto.
“The Spanish saxophonist spent a few years in Chicago mixing with the city’s cutting edge musicians and, judging by this recording, he must have been a welcome participant. His recording is the opposite of a vanity project, it has the character of an inveterate working quartet. Vinuesa’s updated dreams include cornetist Josh Berman, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Mikel Patrick Avery, three musicians at the center of Chicago’s jazz current moment… Vinuesa’s tenor can be described as a cross between Dewey Redman and David Murray, combined with the sinewy brashness of Berman’s cornet, the duo makes for a potent pairing… Keep an ear out for Vinuesa’s upcoming projects”.
Dusty Groove Records January 2020. By Dusty Groove, Inc.
“The kind of record that makes us very proud to say we’re from Chicago – as leader Juan FG Vinuesa comes up with a way to keep the city’s avant scene moving forward – using some of the mix of structure and freedom from the Mike Reed generation, but also adding in both older elements, and some occasional moments of improvised freedom!”.
Tomajazz Magazine. February 2015. By Jesús Gonzalo.
“Vinuesa has written arrangements that give renewed impetus to these classics. Just having a look at the set list, you experience curiosity and amazement… The freshness, the spirit and the decision with which the musicians express themselves, the final energy of these covers, the presence of Stocker, a final Mingus and Dutch school’s aftertaste, that is, something very powerful and evocative”.
Tomajazz Magazine. July 2014. By Carlos Lara.
With a common link that starts from the hard bop, explorating latin jazz and with some free jazz developments,Vinuesa conducts his musicians always knowing the lands he walks by playing alto and tenor sax. His phrasing is clean and leads the rest of the band, which is quite participative in all the songs”.
ZonadeJazz Magazine. July 2014. By Joan Carles Abelenda.
“Interesting and “different”… The saxophonist Juan Vinuesa and his band The Monkeys Co., with the saxophonist Paul Stocker as a special guest, delight us with some interpretations full of personality and musical sense, without falling into stereotypes or mere revisions of classics songs… without revisionist pretensions and with their own personality”.
Levante EMV- Club Diario. 2010. By Josep Lluis Galiana.
“The artists Héléne Crécent and Ruth Zaragoza present their latest works at the Club Diario Levante through an aesthetic and formal dialogue between their own plastic poetics. Lentils, scourers, PVC and drawings make up a daily reality that goes beyond the artistic exhibition. The music of Juan Vinuesa “Kubala” and David Ortola were the perfect catalyst to complete the expressive dialogue, real like life itself… From their also contrasting sound speeches, both artists discussed and reconfigured the space intervened/transformed/reinvented by Héléne Crécent and Ruth Zaragoza”.