Any attempt to describe the music of Jonathan Best is bound to fall short.
Equal parts Gospel tenor, boogie-woogie piano, and avant-garde sound collage,
his music spans cultures and idioms with ease and it’s this element, perhaps more than any other, that has helped to establish Best as a local musician with a "must-see" live show."
-Susan DeFreitas, Zene Magazine. "Imagine the intensity of Jerry Lee Lewis's piano playing with the deliberate
onstage deliberations of Badly Drawn Boy and the avant-garde experiments of (insert favorite found-sound
avant-garde artist here...) and you've got an idea just how quirky and fascinating his performances
are." -Tony Fletcher, iJamming.com
Jonathan Best's music defies genres but is something like
"avant-garde boogie-woogie," both self-revealing and socially conscious, equally silly and serious, and
unlike anything else one is likely to see around these parts. His emphasis on sampling, found items, audience
involvement, and intimate settings creates a quasi-mystical experience, while his sheer honesty and genuine
humility generate a sense of recognition and kinship. In short, Jonathan Best is a musical innovator who
deploys his talents in a spirit of community and celebration, not for fame and commercialism as is often
the case these days.
-Randall Amster, producer of the TV series 'The Artist Mind'
Takes some getting used
to - Eric Shepard, Rockland Journal News. Jonathan Best
Beats the sounds of Mozart - F. Stoneback, EAR New Music Magazine. Jonathan Best
He was jammin' & body slammin' - Patterson College Beacon. Jonathan Best
Effective and highly engaging - Robert Carlberg, Electronic Musician Magazine. Jonathan Best Piu un
tastierista bravissimo - di Giacomo Pellicciotti, la Repubblica, Milano, Italy.
Jonathan Best performing another of his amazing solo looping shows...like Young Einstein meets The Beatles in
the back of Michael J Fox's Delorean - Newt Lynn, Raven Cafe.
Jonathan Best - Had a crowd of 100 mesmerized - Bob Weinstein, New York Newsday. Jonathan Best - A psychedelic Funk Freak - Michael
Herndon, Village Voice