…breathtaking...shivers of emotion down the spine...flawless technique... Okura has established herself as a complete musician and a major one." - Raul d'Gama Rose, All About Jazz

“…(Meg Okura ) is equally comfortable playing classical chamber music, rock and everything in between." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“…a stunning improvisation on top of an impressionistic backdrop." - Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

“…chamber jazz has found its queen in Meg Okura." - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“Naima is the magnificent new release from violin virtuoso Meg Okura and the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble. Captivating, exciting and refreshing are just one way to describe the track offerings that are featured. Aptly named after one of John Coltrane’s famous compositions, Naima is marvelously diverse mixing the past, present and future." - Esther Cailens, Birmingham Times

“John Coltrane’s original recording of "Naima" is extraordinarily beautiful, and it's possible that he never envisioned such a breathtaking version being played so many years after it had been composed. …melody unfolds like repeated sighs that send shivers of emotion down the spine… Okura is an accomplished violinist, with flawless technique like that of a long line of European virtuosos including Stephane Grappeli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Didier Lockwood… With this album, Meg Okura has established herself as a complete artist and a major one at that, who is unafraid to experiment and weave many musical worlds into one, using a gentle, all encompassing sensibility." – Raul D’Gama Rose, All About Jazz

“Okura has assembled a unique and very accomplished ensemble that infuses each piece with a sense of depth, texture, melodic richness and power.
…Okura’s violin captivates and inspires.
…Okura successfully blends the musical cultures of East and West for a new and exciting direction in modern jazz expression. Bravo!"
Eric Harabadian, Jazz Inside

“Okura has made a bold statement with Naima, ensuring her place among the top names playing chamber jazz."- Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility

A confident collection of chamber jazz that is wide in scope and deep in feeling…features outstanding solos by Okura."
“Meg Okura offers a clear sense of vision of her world of music. Okura's Naima goes to many places, speaks in many voices, and is often rich with surprises and admirable in its aspirations."
- Mark Hayes, EJazz News

“Ms. Okura’s vibrant, Eastern-influenced, jazzy score and the playing of her musicians were the most sophisticated parts of the work" - Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

“… (some of) the best jazz New York has to offer." - Elliot Simon, All About Jazz

"... mixes a classically trained mastery of strings, piano and drums with quick-witted compositional twist performed with high energy." - Jennifer Odell, Down Beat Magazine

“The group delivers exactly what its name promises… the group found a common ground in '60s-style modality, occasionally reminiscent of John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner's Eastern explorations." - Will Friedwald, The New York Sun

“…elegantly intertwine(s) elements of classical, jazz and world folk into a new sound…by presenting precisely played ethnically inspired original compositions in an exciting modern jazz context." - Elliot Simon, All About Jazz