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Jazz Times  - May 6, 2014   
The Puppeteers-- Jaime Affoumado, Alex Blake, Arturo O'Farrill, Bill Ware
By Scott Albin
For six years until its closing in May of 2011, Puppet's Jazz Bar in Brooklyn, NY, served as an incubator of sorts for new projects and ideas from a number of musicians including drummer Jaime Affoumado, bassist Alex Blake, pianist Arturo O'Farrill, and vibraphonist Bill Ware. Since then Affoumado, the co-founder and operator of the venue, and lawyer / manager Dana Hall have formed Puppet's Records, and this CD is the new label's first release. The Puppeteers is a quartet comprised of the aforementioned musicians, and given their credentials it comes as no surprise that their original music is a stimulating blend of styles ranging from hard bop and Latin to Afro-Caribbean and funk.
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Jazz da Gama - April 14, 2014
The Puppeteers: The Puppeteers
By Raul da Gama
Puppetry takes great sleight of hand. Not only must all the strings function in a modicum of coordination, but puppets must coordinate with one another. In the case of The Puppeteers all puppets are in excellent hands. Although relatively young, pianist Arturo O’Farrill is something of a veteran as are the Panama-born, New York raised (in many more ways than one) bassist, Alex Blake, who conjures up Milt Hinton in some of his almighty solos; Bill Ware is equally magical, with his harmonic, four-mallet technique on the vibraphone and Jaime Affoumado a painter on percussion, who uses brushes and sticks as a painter would his myriad brushes. Each is a puppeteer in his own right and this unfolds at various points in the music.
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NY Jazz Music Examiner - March 25, 2014 
The Puppeteers dare greatly at Birdland
By Kelly Koenig
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiently...who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly” - Theodore Roosevelt  ---- Daring greatly is exactly what The Puppeteers; Jaime Affoumado, Arturo O'Farrill, Alex Blake and Bill Ware, did on March 20th at Birdland. One could not help but be intoxicated by the pure joy these four men exuded. Their music is personal, new and beholden to no one.
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Stage Buddy - March 25, 2014
Review: The Puppeteers at Birdland
By Andrew Ansbach
The Puppeteers are a supergroup that could be described in a single word: wow. Yet the attributes each musician in this four-piece band possesses make a single-word review impossible. Firstly there's Arturo O'Farrill, the pianist whose background in Latin Jazz and expertise in arranging and composing make him incredibly well rounded and a positive asset to any jazz outfit. There's also Jaime Affoumado, one of the most spirited and technically gifted drummers I've ever heard, and Alex Blake, a bassist whose playing is so idiosyncratic it's not surprising he began in Sun Ra's Arkestra. Last but certainly not least, there's Bill Ware, a vibraphonist whose indelible smile lights up the room and brings everyone's attention to his vibrant playing.
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All About Jazz - March 18, 2014
The Puppeteers: The Puppeteers (2014)
By BRUCE LINDSAY
For six years, until May 2011, Puppet's Jazz in Brooklyn hosted sessions by many fine jazz musicians. Four of those musicians, including the club's co-founder, drummer Jaime Affoumado, come together on The Puppeteers, a collection of tunes inspired by hard bop, Latin, funk and many other welcome influences. The club may no longer be around, but its legacy lives on in The Puppeteers and their excellent self-titled debut album.
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Gapplegate Music Review - March 14, 2014
The Puppeteers, O'Farrill, Blake, Ware, Affoumado
By Grego Applegate Edwards
When a group has much in the way of cooking heat it almost doesn't fit to call them a "straight-ahead" outfit. Art Blakey's Messengers were too blistering to be mainstream. Not exactly. And much of what is now "straight-ahead" was at one time "avant garde". Bird. So when I am contemplating the new jazz outfit known as the Puppeteers, as I audition their first album (puppet's records), I think these thoughts.
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Midwest Record Entertainment Review - March 5, 2014

Puppets
The Puppeteers
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
It's kind of a Brooklyn thing. One member of the group used to have a club in Brooklyn where the rest of the band hung out. The club is gone but the jazzbo vibe lives on. Powered by a bunch of cats you know even if you aren't in Brooklyn, the quartet plays a nifty hybrid of modern jazz that is post bop as well as somewhat post modern. It's hard to point to a leader here as they are all leaders and all get a turn to shine out front. One thing is for sure, it's time to get the word out of the boroughs. This is hot, happening stuff that's as caffeinated as a jolt of Newman's poured through the small setting on your Keurig. A real wake up call for jazzbos with an ear toward tomorrow.
Midwest Record Entertainment


Improvijazzation Nation Review - February 2014
The Puppeteers - Puppet's Records
By Rotcod Zzaj
Some of the finest players in jazz today are part of this group, to include drummer and club founder Jaime Affoumado, pianist Arturo O’Farrill, bassist Alex Blake and vibraphonist Bill Ware; it’s not actually a grouping I’d heard before, but their opener, “On The Spot“, is some of the highest jazz energy I’ve heard yet in 2014!   Read the rest HERE


Jazz Inside Review – February 2014

THE PUPPETEERS—Puppet’s Records
By Alex Henderson 

Jazz clubs come and go in New York City, and one Brooklyn club that managed to survive six years was Puppet’s Jazz Bar. Located in the Park Slope area (one of the most expensive parts of Brooklyn), Puppet’s opened in 2005 and went out of business in 2011 due to financial problems. The club attracted its share of major names, including bassist Ron Carter, pianist George Cables, guitarist Randy Johnston and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts—and three years after Puppet’s closed down, the club’s name lives on in the form of a small label (Puppet’s Records) and a hard bop/post-bop quartet called the Puppeteers.
Read the entirereview on page 66 of the February 2014 Edition of Jazz Times
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