Cadence Magazine
February 2006
CD Review by Jerome Wilson

Static, Bjorn Wennas

...Carmen Marsico carving out a rough beat on "Song 2"...“Ruby My Dear".. is a delicate duet for Wennas’careful picking and Marsico’s strong but delicate voice.

FALUKURIREN
September 9, 2005
Arts & Entertainment

Static, Bjorn Wennas

Carmen Marsico...whose voice is often used as an instrument...Carmen Marsico’s version of Monk’s “Ruby My Dear" accompanied by Wennås’ tasty guitar is a standout.

AMG all music guide
Summer 2005
CD Review by Scott Yanow

Static, Bjorn Wennas

...The opening "Song 2" features some impressive wordless vocalizing by Carmen Marsico in the ensembles..."Ruby My Dear" (a duet between Marsico's voice and the leader's guitar)..unique...it is the five selections that include Marsico and/or Grenadier..that are most exciting and adventurous. This set is well worth several listens, and Carmen Marsico is a name to look for in the future.

All About Jazz
July 30, 2005
CD Review by John Kelman

Static, Bjorn Wennas

...intriguing interplay between Wennås, Marsico, and Grenadier.

JazzReview.com
July 17, 2005
CD Review by Glenn Astarita

Bjorn Wennas, "Static"

...jazz workouts, fused with punchy horn charts and vocalist Carmen Marsico's lyrically charged vocalise on selected tracks… Vocalist Carmen Marsico and Wennas spin Monk’s “Ruby My Dear," into an intimate duet, complete with a buoyant bridge amid an after-hours type vibe…

All About Jazz
January 3, 2004
CD Review by Michael P. Gladstone

Sogno

...this is Carmen Marsico's jazz vocal debut... Marsico's choice of material shows a good sense of balance mixing standards with known jazz compositions and two originals. The accompanying group, a guitar plus rhythm section combo, sounds well oiled and crisp...Marsico's voice is pleasant and well adapted to the jazz sensibility... She acquits herself well on the two standards, "All or Nothing at All" and "Just One of Those Things",...in which she scats effectively. A Jobim tune, "Chovendo na Roseira" is handled nicely. On the originals, "Tensions" and "Over Me", Marsico employs a vocalese technique... Her best moments come on the three jazz standards. Monk's "Pannonica" features a little-heard Jon Hendricks lyric...On the Horace Silver ballad "Lonely Woman", Marsico sings the compelling Lorraine Feather lyrics and the concluding Charlie Parker "Confirmation",... All in all, a pleasant vocal jazz entry and we look forward to the next undertaking.

Lanstidningen
June 11, 2003
CD review by Torsten Carlsson

Exciting lines that promises more

From Boston streams jazz music with an Sodertalje connection. It is guitarist Bjorn Wennas that released the CD Early Summer Sketch with his own quartet-enforced with vocalist Carmen Marsico. This sounds really good...we can...hear mood setting music, infused with curiosity, visions of the future and a bit of melancholy...Wennas himself is an interesting guitarist. Above all, his interplay with saxophonist Kristof Bacso is excellent. And just as you are about to conclude comes a track with vocalist Carmen Marsico-she adds even more to the group's attraction. Bjorn Wennas is currently working with Marsico and a new CD is about to be released soon. We are looking forward to seeing both the quartet as well as Carmen Marsico on a tour of Bjorn's home country-and home city-eventually.

Uppsala Nya Tidning
May 28, 2003
CD review by Ulf Gustavsson

Interesting Swedish Guitar Debutant.

Early Summer Sketch is mostly filled with Bjorn Wennas' original compositions, but at the same time a collective effort with contributions by vocalist Carmen Marsico on some of the tracks. This is thematically through-composed quartet jazz, not resting in the bop tradition, but rather in the fusion of the seventies and with traces of rock in the driving rhythm section, but still with a lot of air. Bjorn Wennas' lyrical and harmonically free melodic thinking may lead your thoughts to Chick Corea's early albums (even though Wennas' quartet is without piano) .

All About Jazz
May 19, 2003
CD Review by Dan McClenaghan

Early Summer Sketch

Swedish-born, Boston-based jazz guitarist Bjorn Wennas' debut CD, Early Summer Sketch, starts out with a sizzle. "Off" is an uptempo jaunt with a memorable melody, stinging guitar chops, and crisp sax/guitar unison. Wennas' solo has a tang to it as it dances with his band's bubbling rhythm. The next cut, "Early Summer Sketch" slows things down, featuring some of the disc's best sax/guitar interplay in a brooding mood. "For Bjorn" bops along with Kristof Bacso's sax solo doing a contained burn in front of jouncing rhythm, leading into more inventive guitar licks by Wennas. The Wennas-penned closer, "Love Song," features lyrics from an e.e.cumming poem sung by Carmen Marsico. Marsico's voice is pleasant...A fine debut; a nicely interactive band with a definite future.