Headlines from the press
"A Winner for Minter" - Saturday Star
"A Minter recipe to lift all glum spirits" - Argus Tonight
"Wired To The Floor first album outshines many imports" - Cape Times
"Five Star for debut album" - Arts and Entertainment
Pacy debut by SA group - Weekend Argus
"Jy sal hou van Gavin se gunstelinge" - Rapport
"Minter Milestone" - Argus Rave
Songwriter steps into the solo spotlight - The Star
"Gavin Minter - Soul to the Max" - Cosmopolitan
"Minter makes his Mark as Top SA Muso" - Natal Mercury
"City singer soars to the top" - Natal Witness
"Gavin Minter - Cutting his own Groove" - Argus
"Minter set for the big Time" - The Star
Excerpts from articles
Wow! What a superb CD from jazz vocalist Gavin Minter. "A Beautiful Friendship" is a joint effort between South African and Swedish musicians. The result is flawless, from the soft, fine, silky sensual voice of Gavin Minter to the brilliant arrangements by Goran Strandberg.
Don Albert - The Star
Having witnessed this live performance by Wired to the Floor, I can only conclude that they are probably the best jazz-fusion band in the country at the moment.
Mark Skinner - Night Life
Gavin Minter is a delight to witness; a consummate musician whose steady hand leads the band almost as a musical director. His silky rendition of "I've got you under my skin" leaves the audience craning their necks to see where Bono had slipped in from, but it is his sax work that makes any would be saxophonist envious.
Mother and Child Reunion – Alan Bowen - Sunday Times
Gavin Minter slips into your ears with an ever so sexy, ever so cool album. From slick production to stunning vocals, this ones got it's sights set on broader horizons
Gavin Minter debut album – Mike Behr - Cosmopolitan
A jazz song dedicated to Mr Mandela by Gavin Minter before the meal began, echoed the thoughts of all of those who were present "In this world of ordinary people, extraordinary people, I'm glad there is you"
Final goodbye luncheon for Nelson Mandela and his Tynhuis staff. - Cape Argus
We chose a particularly good night to go to the Green Dolphin as saxophonist Gavin Minter was back in town after a long stint in New York.
He was sounding more accomplished as ever. Not only does the man play his instrument with genuine feeling, but his obvious love for singing quality evergreens and standards is evident in every delivery.
Gavin Minter Quartet - Alan Bowen - Sunday Times
"The other treat was the tenor saxophone of Gavin Minter whose Getzish styling blew me away"
Billie Holiday Tribute – Eric Alan - Argus Tonight
Minters ballads etched by his own experience, is delivered with wit and feeling. Each song has a crafted quality. I venture to suggest that one would not find a more pleasant evening of such music in London or New York.
Crystal and Mint – Maurice Pobrey - Cape Argus
Finding solace in sound is what this production is all about as Minter looks inside of himself as a composer and performer, and takes us on a personal musical journey into his soul.
Crystal and Mint – Gary Van Dyk - Cape Times
I consider "The Second Time Around" from Gavin Minter, to be the best male vocal album to be released by a South African singer.
It's splendid repertoire, mainly standards ranging from the Latin sounding "It Might As Well Be Spring" to the moving rendition of "Lush Life" to the light swinging "Time After Time".
Superb backing by Johnny Fourie, Marc Duby, Tony Moore and Denzil Weale, makes this a highly recommended CD.
The Second Time Around – Don Albert - Roots Magazine
There is a typical African expression for Gavin Minter's talent on this album. "u' yincele' beleni"
Loosely it translates into "it's in his genes". It makes sense when you learn that he grew up in a jazz family with mom and dad being ardent jazz lovers and musicians. It also explains why he chose "The Second Time Around" to perform standards.
But something happened to him in New York, because it is that trip that gave birth to the concept of this album, an album which projects a very mature Gavin. Listen to his gentle interpretation of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" and the gentle but bold way he performs "It Might as Well Be Spring". Definitely a milestone in his career, I'm glad he decided to share it with us before taking it to the rest if the world.
The Second Time Around - Jazz Heritage Magazine - Shado Twala
I'll Be Seeing You
The album is intensely personal one and is a tribute to his late trumpet player father, Tom Minter. All the songs are favourites of Minter’s and have a special meaning to him.
The lush, rich, intense, dark arrangements by composer Standberg and Minters voice lifts the album to great heights of pleasant aural enjoyment and should find pride of place in ones CD collection. It is difficult to choose a favourite track as each has its own charm and hits the right spot for any mood. The album will sit very well in the car CD player and will take one on a journey of escape from the stresses of daily traffic jams and road rage.
I’ll Be Seeing You is a winner and will be enjoyed for years to come, go have a listen and one will be seduced into taking a copy home.
CD OF THE WEEK – Eric Alan - Late Show
His smooth voice is backed up by the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and this laid back album is perfect for when you need to unwind
Sieraaj Ahmed – You magazine
“Any fool knows bravado is always a cover up for insecurity” chirped Bobby Darrin when asked the secret to singing standards. Gavin Minter’s been listening as no neo-Vegas lounge lizard hustle or pop cover clichés needed for this Mother City crooner. Warming up with the Casablanca classic “As Time Goes By” he uncovers the yearning at the core of the Carpenter’s classic “Close To You” As with any classy crooner, Minter’s ability to bewitch, bother and bewilder the listener pivots around his phrasing. Lingering over every syllable, he remembers what Sinatra learned from Billie Holiday on a subdued reading of Lady Day’s ”Don’t Explain”, channels Chet Baker’s cool on “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” and finds solace in “In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning” Rather than trying to beat Tony Bennett at his laid back best, together with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and a VIP cast of South African session men, he simply revisits the Dixieland roots of “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” before swinging into a double distilled version of Jobim’s bossa breeze “Caminhos Cruzados”
In an age of instant hits destined to become instantly obsolete “Ill Be Seeing You” is one of the most timeless standards sets you’ll hear all year.
Myles Keylock – Essential Listening – GQ Magazine - 4 stars
Who needs Michael Buble’ Cape Town based Gavin Minter has a rather trance-inducing [in a good way] voice. Most of his songs are soothing ballads, which are perfect for winding down at the end of a long day. Featuring the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, its pure bliss.
Nikki Temkin – Sundays Times Magazine – 4 stars
The very best of Big-Band [Front page]
It’s a good album - its beautifully recorded and has a beautiful sentiment
Evan Milton - The Good Weekend – Cape Argus