'Jersey' is Sikora's debut solo recording. Working solo offers her the space to explore the full tonal palette of her instrument and develop her ideas in an expansive way, with great respect for melody and negative space. This recording was made in New Jersey, when Sikora moved out of her tiny New York City apartment and had the space and quiet to record herself in her home studio.
Jersey was included in two best of 2016 lists: by Free Jazz Blog's Lee Rice Epstein and also by Tom Orange, Jazz Director of WCSB Cleveland.
With her fifth release as a leader, Sikora has produced her most mature and fully realized work yet. Her virtuosity and her ingenuity are in full view as she manages single handedly to thrill and engross through this intellectually provocative CD. The disc is a testament to the brilliance of Sikora's career.- Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz, 4.5 stars
Full review here: www.allaboutjazz.com/jersey-catherine-sikora-relative-pitch-records-
As the album continues, the tempos and techniques used to express the spontaneous melodies vary, but the general pattern is set. Sikora has invited us into her musical world, and like the neighbor from Queens, it is our good fortune to be in its midsts. -Paul Acquaro, FreeJazzBlog, 4 stars
Full review here: www.freejazzblog.org/2016/10/solo-catherine-sikora-and-paulo-
Sikora resembles [Evan] Parker on tenor saxophone in that she has created a personal language in which she sublimates technique according to what she wants to achieve and maintains a discernible relationship to the free jazz tradition in her syntax; she recalls another English saxophonist, John Butcher, in her absolute control and deployment of overtones. Where she remains distinct from both Butcher and Parker is in how she incorporates such dissonance into a stream of delicate abstract lyricism. -John Sharpe, New York City Jazz Record