"Joe Alterman has tremendous taste and a passionate respect for swing and space. His touch on the keyboard is reminiscent of pianists from earlier years who listened carefully, felt expressively and actually cared about what the listener heard. Joe is a remarkable swinger and poet."
— Marc Myers, JazzWax.com
"Talk about the joy of jazz!...It's a pleasure to hear this music...You've got it!"
— Nat Hentoff, critic, journalist, record producer, NEA Jazz Master
"[Steven] Sondheim's song urges us all to "learn how
to bounce," which I know is a commendable skill - but young Joe Alterman already knows how.
— Michael Steinman, JazzLives.wordpress.com
"Joe Alterman is fresh face in the piano trio continuum—a young artist with respect for both the tradition and swing in the marrow of his bones...Piano Tracks, Volume 1 is a superb debut, announcing the arrival of Joe Alterman as a rising jazz star."
—Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
"Although there are stretches where his use of dynamics and space recalls Ahmad Jamal, Alterman sounds like himself...[He] displays a lot of originality in his playing, even on the more familiar standards, and his ideas are full of life, spirit and little surprises."
— Scott Yanow, jazz journalist, author, and historian
"A prodigiously talented musician with plenty of jazz "chops" but doesn't overwhelm, just plays the music. I look forward to hearing great things from this guy."
— Don Emanuel, Coljazz.webs.com
"Sounds great!...[I] love it!"
— John Pizzarelli, legendary jazz guitarist and vocalist
"Man, you sound amazing! Your playing is very beautiful - very musical...Congratulations!"
— Oliver Wood, The Wood Brothers