Hailed as one of the top 20 "up and coming" jazz musicians of New Jersey by the Newark Star-Ledger, and recently featured in the New York Times, noted guitarist B.D. Lenz leads an original band which has best been described as "a spirited mixture of sounds in the contemporary vein, ranging from the sprightly to the hard-wailing" (Curt Yeske - The Trenton Times).
This CD "Tell the World," released in 1997, represents the debut of Lenz's unique hard-driven jazz. Often described as a cross between Mike Stern and Pat Metheny, Lenz manages to maintain his own identity both as a guitar player and as a composer. His highly structured songs are both melodic and groovin' yet leave plenty of space for his superb band to show their stuff.
"This is Lenz's superb, guitar-driven release that set the scene for his equally exceptional follow-up 'Lost and Found.' I really enjoyed Lenz's riffing and strong song-writing on every cut. His studies with the famous Mike "Sterno" Stern show through everywhere. Imitation? No. Lenz just has that same fired-up passion for jazz and fusion rockin' things out too. The slower, quieter movements, the lightning-swift runs, and the overdriven wailings of explosive legatos and string bends all flow together as one thought. Lenz has mastered his instrument and his confidence overflows everywhere. Fans of Stern's releases with great sax/axe unison lines and interplay will also surely get off on Lenz's jams. His fine jazz tastefulness and fusion rock drive is perfectly balanced. I'd give this CD a "two thumbs up" and a "golden pick" rating. High recommendations. Trust me, Lenz has got the right stuff." - John W. Patterson (All About Jazz)