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"The team of Michael Whipple and Mark Esakoff is first-rate, and the performances by this duo are first-rate examples of contemporary jazz within a world music setting.  Excellent."  -Jazz Review, Vol. 168 / 2001 (jazzreview.com) 


"For lovers of cordially melodic music, these worthy musicians offer a sound of their own."  -All About Jazz, March 2003 (allaboutjazz.com)


“Amiable, Good-Natured, Cheerful, Laid-Back, Mellow. AllMusic Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars” –AllMusic (allmusic.com)


"This duo layers an impressive variety of instruments into a continuous, cohesive musical fabric, resulting in a very original piece."  -Ourstage Magazine, January 2011 (ourstage.com)


"I give these folks a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED... & an "EQ" (energy quotient) rating of 4.82 on a scale of 1-5."  - Improvijazzation Nation / Issue #98, January 2010 (zzaj.freehostia.com)


"Even after you've listened to this CD (Panorhythmica) many times, its musical depth keeps it fresh and engaging, as new melodies and beats continue to emerge and amaze!"  -Spa Magazine, January / February 2002 (writebyte.com)


“We were immediately drawn to the aura that surrounded their sound. This band represents the true definition of world music.”  - JJ Rocks / St. Croix Music, January 2010 (stcroixmusic.com)


"Chasm is definitely entertaining. I immensely enjoyed their last effort, Bamboo Blue. But I’ve got to say that I might even enjoy The Lovejoy Sessions even better."  -BVS Reviews, April 2009 (bvsreviews.com)


"Bamboo Blue is simply too much fun. If these cats didn’t have a blast recording this album, I’d be shocked... if you don’t have a good time listening to this CD, get a life, ya damn grouches!"  - Zone Music Reporter, June 2008 (zonemusicreporter.com)


"Bamboo Blue is definitely feel good music. You can dance to it and feel like you are at a party in a Peter Sellers movie. If you are looking for something a bit different, mellow, tropical in feel, not trippy or introspective, here you have Chasm’s own well-crafted sound."  -Innerchange Magazine, April / May 2008 (innerchangmag.com)


"A southern, warm weather kind of jazz... good music for driving on a sunny day or chilling out on the patio. All the musicians do great work and the solos are not overlong or tedious."  -Bullfrog Music Reviews, January 2009 (bullfrogmusic.com)


"Bamboo Blue is definitely an intriguing album. World fusion vibes, along with slivers of 60’s and ‘70’s pop rock, mixed with smooth jazz riffs make the music on the album very entertaining."  -BVS Reviews, May 2008 (bvsreviews.com)


"Chasm are back with another lively assortment of rhythmic tunes that are sure to keep your feet tapping, or your body bouncing in time to the beat." -Lux Aeterna Music Reviews, February 2008 (luxaeterna)


"Chasm draws you in to an exuberant, joyful, and joy-filled presentation of World Fusion music. A rhythmic, infectious beat calls for hands to clap and feet to dance with bodies swaying and gyrating." -Wind and Wire, February 2004 (windandwire.com)


"Sitting on Antonio Carlos Jobim's shoulders, Chasm plays with a distinct Latin jazz flavor. From the loungey backbeat of "Monkey in the Middle" to the easy float of "The Smoothie," Mark Esakoff and Michael Whipple take the best advantage of their acoustic instruments and their many influences. So think Jobim, but not too much."  -CNET Editor's Review, Download.com / 2004 (complete review)


"The songs are filled with complex rhythms and catchy melodies that hide exotic little surprises throughout the album.  You never know where this music is going to take you until you get there." -Innerchange Magazine, June / July 2002 (innerchangmag.com) 


"Chasm has taken a very passionate approach to their songs.  There is a natural purity of sound that has nothing to prove or an ego to boost up and defend.  This is the pure joy of sharing your art so that others may take pleasure in it also. Check this one out."  -Awareness Magazine, July / August 2001 (awarenessmag.com) 


"Loaded with hooks that grab your attention and keep it."  -New Age Voice, June 2001 (NAV review)


"When you feel like experiencing an exotic tropical vacation without leaving your living room, Panorhythmica can arrange the perfect audio getaway."  -Music Web Express 3000, June 2001 (mwe3.com)


"Sound and talent that cannot help but delight both the masses and the most discriminating music lover."  -Spirit of Change, September / October 2001 (spiritofchange.org)


"The Ventures meet Jethro Tull who meet Andre Segovia. I give Whipple and Esakoff a lot of credit for creatively connecting a hodge-podge of styles to form a recognizable, yet original, musical entity.  "  -Awareness Magazine, Sept. / Oct. 1996 (awarenessmag.com)


"Congratulations Chasm... a unique and outstanding performance."  -MUSICIAN Magazine, RE: June 1996 issue (complete text)


"What starts out to be an intriguing musical concept, soon becomes an exercise in rudimentary instrumental folk music."   -Music Connection, March 1995


"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."  -Elvis Costello


 "Musicians don't dance."  -Charlie Brown 


"What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?"   -(bumper sticker) 


"Without music life would be a mistake."  -Friedrich Nietzsche


"Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson


"You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus."  -Mark Twain


"You should never ever doubt what nobody's sure about."  -Willy Wonka


"I'll play it first and tell you what it is later."  -Miles Davis


"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."  -Albert Einstein


"From there to here and here to there, funny things are everywhere."  -Dr. Seuss


"The creative person shows himself naked, and the more vigorous his creative act the more naked he appears ~ sometimes totally vulnerable.  Yet always invulnerable in the sense of his own integrity."   -Harry Partch   


"The heart has its reasons which reason does not know."  -Blaise Pascal


"Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable."  -The Wizard of Oz 


"Iron sharpens iron.  So one man sharpens another."  -King Solomon


"The music is best when nobody's trying too hard."  -Cal Tjader


"It is not our abilities that show us who we really are... it's our choices."  -Albus Dumbledore


"We are the choices we make."  -Jean Paul Sartre


"Families are the potting soil humans grow up in."  -Steve Allen


"Eat your vegetables!"  -Mom


"The more consciousness... the more self."   -Soren Kierkegaard


"I think, therefore I am."  -Rene Descartes


"I am because you are."  -Desmond Tutu


"I yam's what I yam's and that's all what I yam's."  -Popeye 


"The acorn of wisdom does not fall from the tree of knowledge."  -Unknown


"Don't push it.  Just let it fall."  -Duke Ellington


"The complete satisfaction of all instinctual needs is not only not a basis for happiness, it does not even guarantee sanity."   -Erich Fromm 


"The unexamined life is not worth living."  -Socrates


"Not everything that counts can be counted.  And not everything that can be counted counts." -Albert Einstein


"What does a man profit if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?"  -Jesus


"If you don't know, I can't tell you."  -Louis Armstrong


"When the power of love becomes stronger than the love of power, we will have peace."  -Jimi Hendrix


"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."  -Bertrand Russell


"And I slipped into a pseudo-dream, slowly drifting deep within myself.  I kept going further and further inward until, unbeknownst to me, I had passed through my very core and found myself continuing right out my backside..."  -Moon Dag Zephyr


"Beauty is truth, truth beauty.” -John Keats


"You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you odd"  -Flannery O'Conner


“An un-believed truth can hurt a man much more than a lie.”  -John Steinbeck


"I'm lying, but believe me it's true."   -Charles Bukowski


"Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."  -Pablo Picasso


"We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth."   -John F. Kennedy


"Art is more engaging than propaganda."  -Larry Norman


Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best. -Frank Zappa 


"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns."  -Tom Waits


"All that is gold does not glitter.  All those who wander are not lost."  -J.R.R. Tolkien


"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."  -Carl Sagan


"From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines, going where I list, my own master total and absolute, listening to others, considering well what they say, pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating, gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me."  -Walt Whitman 


"I got no strings to hold me down, I got no strings on me."  -Pinocchio 


"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will."  -Abraham Lincoln


“It isn’t what you’re looking at, but what you see.”  -Henry David Thoreau


"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."  -Carl Jung


"All you critics sit alone.  You're no better than me for what you've shown."  -Neil Young


"Simplicity of character is the result of profound thought."  -Fortune Cookie


"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."  -Lewis Carroll


"Words are very sharp objects."  -Brian Eno


"I believe the printed word should be forgiven, doesn't matter what it said, the Wisdom Hotline from the dead back to the living, the key to the larder for your heart and your head."   -Andy Partridge


"And the Word became flesh and lived with us."  -John 1:14


 "Perhaps I’ll be back, one day, somewhere on the far side of whatever it is I’m about to start writing."  - William Gibson 


"I really didn't say what I said."  -Yogi Berra


"You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it."   -Duke Ellington


"Never miss a good chance to shut up."  -Will Rogers


"Silence illuminates the soul."  -Kahlil Gibran 


"All final spiritual reference is to the silence beyond sound."  -Joseph Champbell


"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."  -Aldous Huxley   


"Why?... Why??... Why???................. Why not?"  -Timothy Leary (dying words)



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