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Jazz Weekly reviews Down & Dirty:
Melvin Massey from WUMR reviews Down & Dirty:
"This CD will "wow" you with excitement and personality in each and every track. This is big band at its best."
Keys and Chords reviews Down & Dirty:
"This 77-minute CD takes you on a versatile and fascinating tour around the musical world. When you come in for a landing afterward you’ll agree that it was a journey well worth your while."
Lemonwire reviews Down & Dirty:
Dodie Miller-Gould, Lemonwire
"Down & Dirty" manages to be good, clean entertainment. Audiences should appreciate its incorporation of other genres’ style elements. Still, the album remains its own unique collection of tracks that have something of the classic about them already.
JazzBluesNews interviews Rich Willey:
Simon Sargsyan, JazzBluesNews
Midwest Record reviews Down & Dirty:
Chris Spector, Midwest Record
A trumpet cat that was brought along by some of the top old school jazzbos shows how he learned as he earned and puts those lessons to good use. Rounding up a crew filled with names even a jazz tourist would recognize, everyone gets a chance to shine in this big band date all the while serving to make Willey shine even more. A nicely jumping session that never falters, they make Willey's originals feel right at home in your ear and play with the kind of off the clock zeal old pros have when a good time is in the air and powering the proceedings. Well done.