”Phil Sargent has created a compelling original voice as a guitarist and composer. He plays confidently with energy and authority in a variety of styles, and has a strong and beautiful melodic sensibility that is on display in his solos and compositions.”
While my musical introduction to you was your absolutely unique, unforgettable, virtuosic, creative and dark solo guitar version of one of the most happy and played standards, "There Will Never Be Another You", guitarists and other listeners who love early Metheny, Holdsworth, Bill Frissell, Ben Monder (among others) have to invest in the original music on "Sons", adding it to complete their collections.
iA New Day is a tremendous opportunity for fans of the craft to experience one of the genres up-and-coming talents. The songs are exciting and boundary-pushing, serving as cogent examples of Sargents ability both as a guitarist and as a pure composer. His sense of adventure is apparent with each note.
-Jordan Richardson, Blogcritics.org
"With a modernist bent that encompasses improvisation and intelligent charts, the Boston-based Sargent delivers the goods and then some".
-Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
"Sargents musicality is asymmetrical parts beauty and power. He also incorporates melodic hooks into the mix, where superior technique, cunning interactions, memorable song-forms and seething solo jaunts attain a near-flawless symmetrical presence.
-Glenn Astarita, jazzreview.com
His compositional originality is matched by his incisive playing.
- David Kane, Cadence Music