Top 50 Albums of 2012 (All Genres)
  • The Herald
"An outstanding CD...remarkable music"
  • Music-Web International
"“New Focus is a great advertisement for the Scottish jazz scene. Wiszniewski and Stevenson are talented composers who, together with their fellow players, meld inspirations from classic jazz and Scotland’s own musical heritage to create exciting and innovative music” 
  • All About Jazz
"New Focus is lush, modern and brilliantly of the most beautifully conceived and executed projects in Scottish Jazz" 
  • BBC Radio Scotland
"Music which changes the way one sees the world!”
  • The Jazz Breakfast
"Here's proof from Scotland that the quest for the thinking person's fusion still offers no end of possibilities...Wiszniewski and Stevenson have sculpted a clutch of concise, hauntingly original pieces"
  • The Sunday Times
"A fine album, and one of the highlights of 2012"
  • Bird is the Worm
"The inspiration is sax legend Stan Getz's famous 1961 album Focus, and the comparably tender-toned Wiszniewski and gracefully grooving Stevenson have written a set of appropriately lyrical originals, with the band likewise augmented by strings ensemble and harp."
  • The Guardian
"New Focus is very accessible and melodic, and the tunes are so much stronger than you’ll hear around."
  • Marlbank
"The most memorable concert of the 2011 Edinburgh International Jazz Festival...a real triumph" 
  • Jazzwise

Best Albums of 2012 (Critics' List)
  • The Jazz Breakfast
“There’s something truly special going on in the musical minds of saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and arranger, composer and pianist, Euan Stevenson...Original music that exists virtually in a world of its own...What’s so thrilling about listening to this nonet is the way all the parts move and work together, creating a melodic, harmonic and rhythmical swell that’s aesthetically pleasing and then some but also, in essence, just plain damned heart-lifting."
  • 5 Stars, The Herald of Scotland
“Wiszniewski has a ravishingly beautiful tone and Stevenson’s scores for string quartet, harp and rhythm section amount to much more than mere accompaniment. Combining jazz and classical idioms is a tricky business, but this succeeds splendidly.”
  • 4 Stars, The Observer
"An excellent new album"
  • The Independent
"This is perfect festival fare: rich arrangements, memorable themes, fine playing and a unique mix of jazz, classical and folk...The CD is beautifully-recorded"
  • London Jazz
"Stevenson’s intelligent and skilfully crafted arrangements and orchestrations go beyond a simple amalgam of jazz and classical music, creating instead a genuinely organic blend that is a constant pleasure. Wiszniewski’s sensuous saxophone shines on every tune and the rhythm section of Michael Janisch and Alyn Cosker are alive to each textural and dynamic nuance."
  • 4 Stars, The Scotsman
"Stevenson confirms himself as a composer and arranger of great style, as well as a pianist with an elegant, coolly considered improviser's touch, and while Wiszniewski's saxophone talents have been conspicuous for some time, his playing here, always inventive, always soulfully communicative, puts him firmly in the international class."
  • 5 Stars, The Herald of Scotland