Jon Regen

Press

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

His sturdy songs, pleasing tenor and seven-foot grand are a captivating combination... These songs are made for the repeat button.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

A confident, soulful singer...

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

★★★. A pianist who started out in jazz, Jon Regen has gone on to establish himself as a master of smart, sturdily melodic pop with some rootsy shades - a cross between, say, Billy Joel and Randy Newman.

ALLMUSIC.COM

"★★★. With Stop Time, Regen goes even further into pop, sharpening his songs while deepening his groove... Throughout it all, Regen is the star: possessing a sly wit and nimble touch, he slides into lyrical solos without losing sight of his songs, a skill that gives this album a rich, lasting resonance.

THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)

Formerly a pianist with the likes of Jimmy Scott, Regen comes into his own on original material, accompanied by Elvis Costello regulars — the bassist Davey Faragher and the drummer Pete Thomas. The oft-noted Randy Newman influence shines through on some ballads, but Regen’s playing and writing have muscle and character of their own.

DOWNBEAT

"★★ 1/2. Regen's music shoots from - and directly into - the heart.

NO DEPRESSION

Regen is a glorious pianist, a wonderful singer, and the kind of lyricist modern music could use a lot more of... this is probably the most perfectly produced album I've heard since Paul Simon's Graceland and Ani DiFranco's Dilate. That makes Stop Time the best-produced LP I've heard so far this century; actually, this millennium.

JAZZIZ

Regen's warm, smoky voice is perfectly suited to the wry, piano-based music he writes, borrowing from the likes of Mose Allison, Randy Newman and Elvis Costello.

ANTHONY DECURTIS

Elegant, effortlessly musical, deeply emotional, soulful -- Jon Regen's Stop Time accomplishes exactly what its title suggests. It transports you out of the day-to-day into the world of love, hope and gratitude that his songs conjure. Stop Time is, quite literally, timeless -- music of the present with a profound sense of the past -- and the future.

JAMIE CULLUM

Jon Regen is a great musician...he's got all those fantastic jazz chops down but he's also a great songwriter and a singer in the style of people like Randy Newman, Bob Dorough and the jazzier side of Elvis Costello.

PASTE

8/10. Regen approaches his themes—getting older, wiser, understanding love, coping with regret—with intelligence and bursts of wit... in a genre whose performers all too often settle for sonic wallpaper, Stop Time brims with rich and occasionally downright surprising rewards for the attentive listener.

WNYC SOUNDCHECK

Regen’s own sound is equal parts gliding melody and bar-room blues; soul and swing. His new record Stop Time gets an extra shot of grit, featuring members of Elvis Costello’s band the Imposters.