“An accomplished composer, explosively swinging drummer and self-assured improviser…highly original, highly recommended."
–Bill Milkowski, TRAPS
“Vannoy is as impressive for his soft use of brushes as for the solo
creativity he displays in a sizzling performance."
–Doug Ramsey, JazzTimes
“Vannoy’s playing is crisp and thoughtful…superb."
–Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times
“This is modern jazz that falls beyond any obvious category. It conveys a wide range of complex emotions, is expertly performed, and sticks in one’s mind long after the CD is finished. Meridian is recommended…"
–Scott Yannow, L.A. Jazz Scene
“[Byron’s] drumming is great (loose and organic on the forms) as well as [his] composing and conceptualizing…Excellent CD!"
–Rakalam Bob Moses, Legendary jazz drummer
“Vannoy’s brush strokes are the gentle but profound effect missing from so many small group jazz recordings these days."
–Marshall Bowden, Jazzitude.com
“Byron sounds wonderful, with flowing, swinging ideas, really good tunes…
–Joe LaBarbera, Legendary jazz drummer
“Vannoy, one of the busiest jazz drummers in town, celebrates the
release of Byron Vannoy's Meridian (Bioticmusic). While the disc
admirably continues the limpid explorations charted on Miles Davis's
still-fertile Filles de Kilimanjaro with tunes like "Fathoms" and "Found,"
I'm equally delighted by Vannoy's solo drum pieces. Interspersed as
five "Excursions" throughout Meridian, the short, smartly paced solos
testify concisely to Vannoy's melodic and rhythmic gifts."
–Chris Delaurenti, The Stranger