“Harper pushes post-bop into a territory that is inventive, but clear and accessible…
…a marvel of studied moderation”

Tom Hull, Village Voice and Jazz Prospecting

“Harper played marvelously…a sweet solo in which melodic phrases danced with a post-Lester Young lilt”

John Litweiler, Chicago Sun-Times

“…really superb…some serious sounds.”

Bill King, e-jazzradio

“luxurious, agile and highly organic”

Forrest Dylan Bryant, Jazz Observer

“Harper…has effectively staked his claim as a clarinet modernist”

David Adler, New Music Box

“And ‘Sentimental Journey’…[Regina Carter’s] trio with just Darryl Harper’s clarinet and Matthew Parrish’s bass, was exquisitely sentimental, in the best sense.”

George Kanzler, Jazz Times

“[Their work] speaks confidently with poise and maturity and that clearly has something to do with the empathy that Harper and cohorts have developed over the past…years together working as a unit.”

Chris Hovan, All About Jazz

“… Harper’s sweet-toned clarinet danced subtly to the music…”

Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net

“Regina Carter’s violin wowed the crowd with her magnificent technique and storytelling execution. Her quintet’s cohesive sound, especially with new clarinetist Darryl Harper’s articulate style, added a lot. “

Chuck Workman, Nuvo.ne

“The music of The Onus is endlessly intriguing and well worth hearing.”

Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

“Plenty of crisp, tasteful post-bop interplay…an introspective tone that charms the ear as much as the exotic timbres do”

Lee Gardner, Baltimore City Paper

“Harper’s writing is…richly melodic and…refreshingly inventive.”

Geoff Himes, The Jeffersonian

“A sinuous, sexy, deep and dark spell…”

Susan L. Pena, Reading Eagle

“[Harper’s] playing was sweet, smooth and unforced..[Regina] Carter’s and Harper’s perfectly tuned unison playing on Duke Ellington’s ‘Blue Rose’…was stunning…And a bluesy trio of Carter with Harper and Parrish on ‘Sentimental Journey’…was pure bliss.”

“The sustained musicality of [The Onus Trio] is something I continue to marvel at…”

Derek Taylor, Bagatellen.com

“Clarinetist Darryl Harper with Kevin Harris at the piano set the gold standard of this musically glittering evening with an elegant rendition of his original song ‘Walking with Old Souls’…”

Kay Bourne, Bay State Banner