Selected Press for Be Not So Long To Speak (Minsi Ridge Records - April 2013)
"A solo-piano record of mystery, patience, imagination and clear design. Keep an eye on this guy."
- Ben Ratliff (NY Times)
"A raw, sometimes crushingly powerful, glimmering solo album...a lock for one of 2013's best albums."
- Lucid Culture
"(An) original thinker."
- Marl Bank
"impressive and atmospheric"
- The Financial Times
Selected Press for A New Face (JayDell Records - August 2010)
“ A young pianist of invention and refinement."
- The New Yorker
"A promising debut"
- Nate Chinen (NY Times)
"Intense, forceful and fearless...if there's been a better jazz debut album this year, we haven't heard it. Avey's ceiling is pretty much as high as he wants to go with it. Hope you like traveling, dude."
- Lucid Culture
“A New Face is an excellent debut that I couldn't stop listening to throughout the year. I keep thinking to myself ‘this album can't be that perfect’--but you know what--it's that good. One of my favorite discoveries of 2010."
- Stephan Moore (Jazz Wrap)
“A stand-out debut by an indisputable rising star."
- Dan McClenaghan (All About Jazz)
“With his potent debut, Avey deserves recognition as one of the most promising musicians of his generation"
- Ken Dryden (All About Jazz NY)
“A New Face should more than hold your attention"
- Ross Boissoneau (JAZZIZ)
“As elsewhere on the disc, Avey favors the apocalyptic and Liebman the searing, but the pair find a quiet poise following the sound explosion"
- Jeff Dayton-Johnson (All About Jazz)
“(A New Face) balances a broad romantic streak against angular melodic shapes and jagged rhythms"
- Peter Margasak (Chicago Reader)
“At the age of 25, Bobby Avey is a rising star in the jazz world. With A New Face, it’s easy to hear why. His delicate command, profound power and ear for rhythm set him apart from many other young modern pianists"
- Jordan Richardson
“Go find this CD, live with the music for a while, and it will give you many rewards"
- Richard B. Kamins (Step Tempest)
“This is a strong, intuitive, trio with great potential."
- Bruce Lindsay (All About Jazz)
Selected Press for Vienna Dialogues (ZOHO October 2006)"Avey's solo interlude here suggests how Debussy's romanticism influenced the harmonic sense and pedal technique of Evans"
- Victor Verney (All About Jazz)
"The results on Vienna Dialogues are steeped in a kind of melancholy beauty that makes for satisfying listening."
- Nic Jones (All About Jazz)
"Richly melodic in origin, deftly arranged (mainly by Avey), and superbly performed, this is music that while rooted in the past is very much of today and will most certainly still be valid tomorrow."
- Bruce Crowther
"Avey's playing is also consistently rewarding."
- Ken Dryden
"The first track, Robert Schumann's "Romance", Opus 94 (no.2) introduces Bobby Avey, who is clearly a fine classical pianist with a clean touch." "Avey takes off on an elegant journey reminiscent of some of the abstract solo works of Fred Hersch and Joey Calderazzo"
- Andrea Canter (Jazz Police)
"Highlights are many: Chopin's "Etude in E Flat Minor Op. 10 No 6," with Liebman's long, yearning solo and Avey's strong chording; Avey's beautiful intro and Liebman's silky, melodic variations and winding lines on Brahms' "Immer Leiser wird mein Schlummer Op. 105 No 2" "Avey's sparkling solo and accompaniment on Debussy's "Fleur des Bles," graced with a bell-like sound, his playing here so impressive it overshadows Liebman's"
- Scott Albin (Jazz Times)