Of previous GTO albums, critics have written...
"Carpenter leads a suberb band of New York-based vanguardists [who maintain] the contrapuntal flash, sweet voicings, and fiery rhythms of the original era..."
--Peter Margasak, Downbeat
"Music from the heart of the Jazz Age that still has a raucous immediacy. Every track...has the hookiness of a pop hit." --Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix
"There hasn'’t been big band music as exciting as this since forever...GTO is creating its own electrifying musical gold."
--Andrew Velez, New York City Jazz Record
"The arrangements...pop like fireworks." --Phil Freeman, Burning Ambulance
"Brian Carpenter, who plays the trumpet here, took these old-old recordings, transcribed them for a ten-piece band and added his own touches. It's music with grit to it, with drive and raw energy. It's delightfully familiar, too — or is it? ...Plenty of delights for the close listener."
--Patrick Jarenwattananon, for All Things Considered
Brian Carpenter: trumpet, harmonica
Dennis Lichtman: clarinet
Andy Laster: alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Petr Cancura: tenor saxophone, clarinet, alto saxophone
Curtis Hasselbring: trombone
Mazz Swift: violin, vocals
Jordan Voelker: viola, musical saw
Cynthia Sayer: plectrum banjo
Ron Caswell: tuba
Rob Garcia: drums
Colin Stetson: bass saxophone
Andrew Stern: tenor banjo