"Natalie Cressman Thrives in Endless, Unique Settings"
- Stephanie Jones, Downbeat
On “Already There”, a track from Cressman and Faquini’s new album, Auburn Whisper, the duo uses the convivial but intentional sotto voce that lovers do, playing off each other’s sense of calm and closeness. Cressman’s vocal is clarion-clear but there’s a quaver in it that makes it a perfect counterpart to the warm, relaxed breathiness of her trombone. Whether in multitracked harmony or solo, her brass playing is emotive and free, occasionally tough, always tender.
- A.D. AMOROSI, JazzTimes
"Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini’s unusual duo album Setting Rays of Summer sounds as fresh and revivifying as a clear mountain stream."
- Andrew Gilbert, JazzTimes
"Her veteran skills as a trombonist are clear, but what's even more impressive is her vocal performance and talents as a lyricist...If you haven't heard of Natalie Cressman, you definitely will soon."
- Molly Fosco, Huffington Post
"Her trombone is world-class, but her singing voice is another thing entirely, an empathic entity that channels the ages. Cressman’s is a flawless act that can only get better with time and age. Yep, I smell a Grammy — someday."
- Dave Good, San Diego Reader
"A voice that can conquer pop, jazz, the jam world or whatever she decides to pursue next."
- Shawn Donohue, Glide Magazine
"Though her singing style comes out of the tradition of vocal jazz, a contemporary feel seeps through the new record....Her parents’ connections created some unusual opportunities for Natalie, but these didn’t just result in on-off appearances for the sake of experience and resume building. When she subbed for regular trombonist Josh Roseman in Apfelbaum’s big band, the impressed leader kept her on even after Roseman returned. Jeff first suggested his daughter for the open chair in Anastasio’s group, but this earned her only an impromptu audition — which she promptly crushed."
- Jeremy D. Goodwin, Boston Globe