Winner of the 18th Independent Music Awards for best album and best song (World Beat Category); selected #10 in the “Best of Jazz 2019” – Fred Kaplan, Slate
With exquisite poetry and elegant, spellbinding arrangements from two musicians with established chemistry, Keter ventures into previously unexplored Masada territory, providing one of the most tender and beautiful moments in the project’s history.
– Andrei Cherascu, The Music and Myth
“Sofia Rei and JC Maillard’s recent album Keter (Tzadik) is a unique and particularly luminescent addition to the Zornian firmament.
– Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Classical Voice
John Zorn’s Masada songbook has yielded a wide array of interpretations, but none so electrifying as Keter. […] Without so much as thinking about looking back, even as they pull strings from a shared past that only heartfelt music such as this could activate, Rei and Maillard compress every contradiction until it becomes a diamond of union.
– Tyran Grillo, The New York City Jazz Record
“Intimate and intensely personal, this is one of the most unique Masada CDs in the entire series! Unforgettable.
– Tzadik Records