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"Connections is the work of a seasoned jazz artist...full of wisely arranged covers, powerful originals, and      in-studio improvisations with the likes of Jon Batiste and Derrick Hodge...remarkable, beautiful, brilliant." 
Afropop Worldwide

"Matthew Whitaker is only 18, and he’s also blind, but the musicianship, arrangements, and bandleading skills displayed here would be equally impressive were this album made by someone with five times the experience." 
 JazzTimes Magazine

"With plenty of buzz already behind him, 18-year-old Matthew Whitaker lives up to expectations on Now Hear This...”

Downbeat Magazine

Outta The Box

"One of the Best Debut Albums of 2017"

 New York City Jazz Record

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