pointillism,Expansion [Dave Burrell], Akari [Digipak], Aladdin/Dinner Music, None Shall Pass [Digipak]
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Magnet (p.134) - "Time has only deepened Burrell's musicianship; his transitions from rent-party stride licks to martial cadences to action-packed pointillism always seem necessary, never forced."Down Beat (p.73) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "Burrell has a rare capering touch....Burrell's ability to atomize thematic materials while emphasizing their structural features in an improvisation is also in evidence."0.4123561

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Rolling Stone (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Indie rap's wordiest wordsmith unleashes another dose of dense, hyper-enunciated rhymes filled with poetic imagery."Spin (p.122) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] challenging, rewarding head trip. 'Fumes' and '39 Thieves' are classic Def Jux..."Entertainment Weekly (p.65) - "His dazzling verbal pointillism resolves into clever rants and full-blown stories." -- Grade: A-Q (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Long Island-born Ian Bavitz here delivers some typically extravagant wordplay. There's smart production, too..."Alternative Press (p.170) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "On NONE SHALL PASS, the entry point is classic hip-hop....It peaks on 'Coffee,' a wonderfully weird, ska-tinged duet..."The Wire (p.65) - "[With] free associative existential riffs, surreal suburban imagery and winding accounts of decay....NONE SHALL PASS might be his best work since LABOR DAYS."Vibe (p.130) - "[H]is fourth album is as dense as ever....His paragraphs are still wound tight with near metaphors and dissociative imagery..."0.2474136

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