FROM THE US PRESS
The subtlety of Mondlak’s drumming is epitomized in his unaccompanied feature “Cascades." Pauses and silences are among the attributes of that four-minute work of the imagination, made all the more effective by Mondlak’s upwellings of contrasting intensity.
-Doug Ramsey - Rifftides, Arts Journal 2016
" The precision, speed and reserved strength of Mondlak’s drumming are reminiscent of Joe Morello in his early years with Dave Brubeck."
-Doug Ramsey - Rifftides, Arts Journal 2013
" Mondlak is a deeply melodic drummer, but with the deceptive power and finessse of someone like Joe Morello. He is is the driver's seat, pushing the soloists but never being pushy. You get the sense that he 's arranging the improvisations from the drum throne."
-Andrew Lentz, DRUM!
"Mondlak's melodic approach to the drum set results in considerable tonal color. His polyphonic percussion not only lays the foundation for the grooves, but also adds a harmonic facet to their structures."
-Hrayr Attarian, JAZZIZ
"Drori Mondlak has brought together three marvelous instrumentalists and leaders in their own right—altoist/flutist Karolina Strassmayer, guitarist Cary DeNigris and bassist Steve LaSpina—for an intriguing quartet that strikes a perfect balance between the power in Strassmayer's horn and the elegance of DeNigris' chords, buoyed by the relaxed feel effected by his and LaSpina's obvious affinity.... Flawlessly engineered and mastered, the intimate interconnections of this exquisite Point In Time are expertly captured."
-Elliot Simon, All About Jazz-NY
“The words to describe this quartet are tuneful collaboration. Within the vast differences among the instruments, the range of subtlety is bountiful, balanced and beautiful on Drori’s Point In Time….The impact of the entire recording emanates from its silky storytelling…….It is simply one faultless lyrical line, evolving through intercepted or supplemented lines offered by each instrumental source……..each band member's contribution both stands out and blends in simultaneously."
- Lyn Horton, All About Jazz
"Drummer-composer Drori Mondlak joins longtime cohort Cary DeNigris, veteran bassist Steve LaSpina and alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer on this rewarding session. Strassmayer solos with remarkable fluency and conviction on the loosely swinging, time-shifting "Sweet Tooth." The drummer delivers a thoughtful arrangement of Frank Foster's lovely "Simone" and turns in an expressive solo on Strassmayer's lyrical 5/4 vehicle "It Once was A Waltz." DeNigris, a monster player, provides some fretboard thrills on his slow "I've Paid Some Blues," and he blows with legato abandon on his angular, funky "No Name Blues." Guitarist and drummer close the session with the playfully interactive duet "The Prance."
- Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
"The material, concept, sound and group interplay on Point In Time are beautiful. Nice deep, open drum sound and a killer ride cymbal!!"
- John Riley, drummer
"Drori is a terrific drummer whom I have known for years. Point In Time is a great recording which showcases his dynamic playing, musicality and sensitivity, as well as his great interaction with an all-star group."
- Danny Gottlieb, drummer
"Drummer Drori Mondlak leads a swinging hard-boppish quartet on his Point In Time. Along with Cary DeNigris on guitar, veteran bassist Steve LaSpina, and alto sax burner Karolina Strassmayer, Mondalk swings interactively in a loose, understated manner..........Mondlak underscores the two beautiful ballads with sensitive brushwork."
- Bill Milkowski, Traps magazine, The Art of Drumming
"Drori Mondlak used to stay up late investigating the truths about jazz drumming. Seems his red–eye regimen sorted out any issues of sound and feel. Witness this fourth collaboration, Point In Time, with guitarist, Cary DeNigris. The pristinely recorded album abandons the joyous clatter of the earlier recording, Between the Lines in favor of a more gentle revelry, the calm interrupted by the creeping intensity of originals such as “No Name Blues."
- T. Bruce Wittet - Four star review in Modern Drummer
"Mondlak’s quartet on Point In Time is integrated, balanced and musical. Mondlak, saxophonist and flutist Karolina Strassmayer, guitarist Cary DeNigris and bassist Steve LaSpina solo with conviction."
- Doug Ramsey, Arts Journal
"Point In Time is very well recorded and the mood of relaxed concentration comes through. Drori Mondlak’s drumming is timely and sensitive, not overwhelming the ensemble but keeping it on track and pushing it forward, lifting the soloists."
- Howard Mandel, jazz journalist
"Mondlak exhibits an eloquent speech-like personality while he executes his multiple functions; he internalizes his drum kit completely. Much remindful of the deeply melodic orientations of drummers Shelly Manne, Joe Morello or Max Roach, Mondlak is natural and imaginative in his high regard and ability to represent melodic lines and contours, and illuminates this flow freely with the listener."
- Dr. Herb Wong, IAJE Journal, Jazz Perspectives
"Drummer Drori Mondlak has been playing in New York since the mid ‘80s and has worked with the likes of John Hicks, Randy Sandke, Lew Tabackin, and many others. Point In Time is the second disc to be released under his own name. Mondlak is a solid mainstream-modern style drummer and has a nice, subtle way of directing the music. Drori’s quartet knows how to work as a unit and makes Point In Time a strong, listenable session.
"While Mondlak is a chops-laden and sensitive drummer, his brand of athleticism is defined by how lightly he gets what he wants out of the kit, making his drums dance not unlike Joe Morello."
- Phil DiPietro, All About Jazz
"Drori Mondlak is an extremely emotional drummer who enjoys the spaces as much as the notes. Arrangements make the tune and he is always arranging from the drum kit."
- Robin Tolleson, Modern Drummer Magazine
"Mondlak furthers his reputation for classy drumming and masterful brushwork. With his new release 'Wake-Up Call', he also establishes himself as an exceptional leader."
- Judith Schlesinger, All Music Guide
"Mondlak demonstrates hi first-rate time keeping and sesitivity throughout. He isn't the kind of player that overwhelmes the proceedings, but rather, his musical drumplay makes his solos so individualistic. It is the rapport between the musicians of Straight Circle that results in a natural and solid group sound."
- Jay Collins, Cadence Magazine
"Drori Mondlak's gentle brush work underscores the music seamlesssly. The music builds to a pulse - quickening crescendo with Mondlak traversing the drum kit with aplomb."
- Bill Mikowski, Jazz Times
"Drori swings with that jazz sensibility, has great facility, plays open and interacts with the other musicians in a powerful way."
- Cary DeNigris, musician
"Knowing a few truths about the drums lends urgency to Drori Mondlak's work; urgency you hear plainly on jazz guitarist Cary DeNigris's CD 'Between The Lines'."
- Bruce Wittet, Modern Drummer Magazine
"Exuberant brush work by superb drummer Drori Mondlak."
- Judith Schlesinger, All Music Guide
"Mondlak keeps the wheels moving forward an provides his own touches of brilliance."
- J. F. Derry