"Delivering his individual lines with a rich, dark tone and an absence of flamboyance, Lyons is an improviser with stories worth hearing. His sound has genuine warmth and he has a strong affinity with bop. Lyons is a tasteful and resourceful saxophonist, eminently capable of sustaining a wealth of moods."
- Mark Gardner, Jazz Journal
"One of the latest in the varied long line of jazz’s tenor tradition is Sean Lyons who would sound right at place on an album from the classic ‘Blue Note era.’ He is traditional sounding without being a rehash of classic styles."
- Dave Miele, Jazz Inside NY
"Lyons is a dynamic tenor player equipped with a tone that sounds as though he made a deal with the devil, and lyrical phrasing that reminds one of that musical happy place between Stan Getz and Dexter Gordon. Lyons conducts his own sonic exploratory showcasing his marvelous if not total command of his tenor. If you are looking for chinks in Lyons’ armor then good luck, as he is as technically proficient and artistically gifted as they come."
"Lyons has been winning accolades for his big-toned tenor sound. His sidemen compliment his robust tenor on boppish fare and ballads."
- Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
"Lyons combines fleet execution and a broad sound in an interesting way and creates deft tensions by superimposing a more floating rhythmic feeling."
- Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe
"Sean swung like mad with excellent rhythm and spiced in his own feelings of mood and mode. He splashed the attentive audience with brush strokes in an array of colors and hues...a great evening of jazz."
- Frank Amarino, Soundsgood Magazine
Listed on "Top CDs for 2009"
- Bill Milkowski, Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazzhouse Diaries
Listed on "Best Jazz CDs of 2009"
- Jim Wilke, host of nationally syndicated radio show "Jazz After Hours"
Listed on "Top 40 New Releases" for 12 weeks (up to #5)
- Bob Parlocha, host of nationally syndicated radio show "Jazz with Bob Parlocha"
Listed on "The JazzWeek National Radio Report" for 33 weeks (3 weeks in the Top 50!)
Listed on "Roots Music Reports Top 50 Jazz Radio Airplay Chart"