There is something delightfully Americana yet presented in a form and functionality that merges a plethora of influences while never losing the jazz sensibilities that seem to make this release so captivating. Jacqui Sutton takes the term “organic” to a whole different level in one of the most artistically creative releases for the year. Granted, I am still scratching my head but when music of this magnitude makes you think then that is a beautiful thing.
~Brent Black, Critical Jazz

Ms. Sutton has a lovely voice, and the musicians are skilled with effective solos. It’s not really a jazz CD, but rather nearer to a country music feel. The songs themselves were well worth singing.
~Ann Alex, Bebop Spoken Here

Sutton opens with a “Summertime” that serves as splendid introduction to the steel of her pipes and the majesty of a voice that marries the earthiness of Cassandra Wilson to the warmth of Dianne Reeves.
~Christopher Louden, Jazz Times

The frontier in this instance is Jazz, and vocalist Jacqui Sutton and her Frontier Jazz Orchestra have taken the usual jazz framework and turned it inside out, bringing in rootsy bluegrass, country and blues elements along with a healthy bit of theatrical trickery to make Notes From The Frontier a unique listening experience. I think it fair to say that this album doesn’t sound like anything else you may find out there. Notes From The Frontier is an exceptionally inventive album, spreading its wings over several musical genres, but always rooted firmly in Jazz. Ms Sutton and her musicians offer a vision of jazz with deep roots in Americana. Highly recommended.
~John M. Peters, The Borderland

The Frontier Orchestra certainly freshens things up. With everything from Texas vibes to middle eastern flourishes, this set keeps you guessing and would be easily at home on the same shelf as recent vintage Leonard Cohen material. Not work to listen to or different for the sake of being different, this is some solid sitting down jazz for the adventurous listener that doesn’t want to fly too far afield but is on the prowl for something different.
~Chris Spector, Midwest Record

How many possible arrangements of “Summertime” can there possibly be? Sutton answers with her sultry heartfelt version to open the set with support from Paul Chester (banjo), Anthony Sapp (b) and Max Dyer (cello). That sets the tone for a session of richly arranged classics all with a down home southern country twist. Ilya Janos (perc) and Sapp step up on “Freed” before a stirring arrangement of “Nature Boy” sung in Spanish and English with a tango twist. Jacqui has a wide range and soars on “Hummingbird” while blending into her band. It is not over the top, just warm, soulful and easily embraced.
~D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Magazine