“I Like it”
--Chuy Varela, KCSM 91.1 FM
“Justin Hellman's newest release, "Shakin' It Like a Blue Funk Monkey", is a good recording of excellent musicians playing well-composed original jazz. It's funky, it's bluesy, it's soulful, and Hellman's upright playing sounds fantastic.
--Silas Durocher, Indie-Music.com Read
“Justin is a highly skilled and expressive bassist who understands the subtleties of music. His dedication to his art is evident in every note.”
--Michael Manring, Bass Player
"Justin Hellman adds a solid heartbeat on bass."
--Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz Read more
"They play ten originals that have a fresh, funky, fusion sound. Hellman takes center stage on "Ironical" with a strong solo..."
--Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Newsletter
“Justin Hellman is an inspiration on bass.
He's a tasteful musician who knows his
behemoth of an instrument doesn't have
to be loud or busy in order to have presence.”
--Stephen Smith, Purgatory is a Cat Read More
"Teach Yourself To Live Elsewhere is the first song. A moderately paced piece, this primarily features the keyboards, but there is a nice bass solo [by Hellman] on the song."
--Bruce VonStiers, BVS Reviews
"The skillful play from bassist Justin Hellman is the glue that holds the combo together."
--Edward Blanco, All About Jazz Read More
Justin Hellman Quartet Bio
Justin Hellman Bio
“Shakin It Like a Blue Funk Monkey is really a great sounding CD and the compositions are fabulous"
--Chris Cortez, KCSM 91.1 FM
“this weekly jam session… writhes --
with the fresh blood of locals Justin
Hellman on bass and Khalil Doak-Anthony
on guitar, among many unsigned others..
-- Daniel King, SF Chronicle. Read
"Excellent bass is provided courtesy of Justin Hellman, with a mix of walking basslines and some inspired solos."
--Adam Greenberg, All Music Read more
"Tangria Jazz Group performs as a conventional rhythm section trio, wheher they cover standards ike "Freedom Jazz Dance" (which features bassist Justin Hellman's break-out solo, the high point of their version)..."
--Bill Donaldson, Cadence Magazine
"The Bay Area bassist teams up with Dave Ellis and others to celebrate ther release of his new CD, "Shakin' It Like a Blue Funk Monkey." The CD's title alone is enough to make me want to go." (in the Wekend Top Ten along with the SF Symphony, Marcus Shelby, and Jill Scott)
--Randy McMullen , Contra Costa Times
"I also enjoy all of the moments when the instruments interact, making the instrumentals blistering and overblown in positive meaning. This disc includes diverse music including mind-refreshing funk, relaxing acid jazz and swinging drum'n'bass. Highly recommended!"
--Mikolaj Furmankiewicz, HMP Magazine, Department of Virtuosity Read more