"Renovation" chosen as one of The 10 best local albums of 2004
-Minneapolis City Pages, Year in Music issue
"The leader [Rossum] has an impressive command of his horn... Those of you who savor your jazz on the fringes of the avant-garde will enjoy this CD. If this is the musical path that Kelly Rossum has chosen to tread, it will be interesting to see where it leads."
-ITG Journal, January 2005
"A solid jazz foundation intermixed with other musical styles is what makes this album truly great. [...] If you are looking to see what kind of jazz music Minnesota can produce, look no further than Kelly Rossum. With this solid second album under his belt, his future looks awfully bright."
"From a technical standpoint, Rossum is gifted to a philosophical level of musical understanding. It is crystal clear, from the unconventional rim shots of "Cheap Cigars" to the momentary solitude of "Hennepin Bridge," that Rossum inherently intends to challenge the ear."
-Jazz Improv Magazine
"It ain't on Blue Note or Verve Records, but the Kelly Rossum Quintet's new album is easily the equal of most big-name jazz releases."
-Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This second album by the Twin Cities transplant, released in May on the jazz label 612 Sides, solidifies what the local jazz scene has come to love about him: studious authority and the knowledge necessary to pull off unconventional compositions and instrumental choices."
-Courtney Lewis, Minnesota Monthly