Manis has a big tenor sound, and an aggressive improvisational approach... (a) tough young tenor.”
”...tenor saxophone monster...”
”...Manis plays the tenor saxophone in a no holds barred, unapologetic manner.
”...he’s got a powerful sound and a lot of great ideas.
”...a beast on the tenor...
— George Colligan, www.jazztruth.blogspot.com
...quite delightful.
— BBC "Jazz with John Hellings"
Joe Manis: Killin’!
— All About Jazz
The subtle interplay of Davids Friesen and Joe Manis, some surprising details and the overall warm-hearted mood carry through the concert...
— Frankfurter Allgemeine
Adding Colligan’s B-3 to his trio provoked an enjoyably incendiary chemical reaction on their 2013 album North by Northwest, with the two soloists inspiring each other to ever more daring flights, mostly in the classic style.
— Willamette Week
...a powerful trio... ...a collection of originals and standards, interpreted with the powerful swing and inventive sax of Manis, who delivers some breathtaking solos... Great neo-bop...
— Tracce di Jazz Magazine
Fresh and diverse... Manis led the Trio with a veteran’s touch.
— Oregon Music News
Fabulous... Will thrill fans of Monk, Rollins.
— Eugene Weekly
...intensity and sophistication in equal measure
— Distrito Jazz.com
...aggressive... ...intriguing... ...compelling...
— De Telegraaf
...powerhouse trio...
— RTE Ten (Ireland)
Freewheeling, eclectic, yet traditional
— Oregon Arts Commission
Manis played beautifully throughout, and delivered particularly blistering solos on Coltrane’s “India” and his own odd-metered “Paw-Paw,” named for his son Ellery’s nickname for Manis’ father.
— Portland State University Vanguard
...intimate and introspective works that carry with them emotional depth — depth brought out masterfully by the ensemble gathered at Jimmy Mak’s...
— BePortland.com
...their second album which clearly shows the intensity and remarkable rapport of a tight-knit working band.
— Nils Winther; SteepleChase Records
...leading the charge from the front of the bandstand...
— Midwest Record
Joe Manis is the real life version of Pandora radio.
— The Register-Guard
original compositions and some standards with attitude.
— Jazz Society of Oregon's "Jazzscene"
Innovative...
— Statesman Journal
Superior musicianship…Quiet, complex and stimulating – a compelling mix for the jazz enthusiast.
— Eugene Daily News
…a sophisticated fast-punch of intricate and traditional boppy jazz sounds.
— Saintcleveland.com
...seriously next-level musicianship.
— Salem Weekly
...stellar...
— Oregon Artswatch
...alarmclock-like precision...
— GinalovesJazz.com
...more stomp than bop.
— Bird is the Worm.com
Saxophonists Manis and Glover are both strong
and inventive soloists with largely modern conceptions.
— Cadence Magazine
...solid...
— WTJU.net
...edgy...
— jazz88.org (San Diego)
Manis’ alto is sweet and sour on the blues...
— Jazz Weekly.com
...all killer no filler.
— KUCI.org
...a charming, friendly stage presence that worked well with the music.
— Eugene Art Talk
...knee deep in the industry...
— KCXL
Saxophonist Joe Manis has made a name for himself, not only in the world of jazz, but through performances and collaborations that have reached into the realms of classical and world music...
— KLCC
...the celebrated Joe Manis Trio...
— Cascadia Weekly
...lively...
— Kleine Zeitung
Joe is a great musician...
— bassist, David Friesen
If that’ isn’t “high energy”, then there is no such a thing!
— Contemporary Fusion Reviews