Flutist, Pianist, Composer, Educator
Winner Global Music Awards
"Bell’s playing is lithe and energetic, her lines unspooling with ease. But she’s also an improvisational shapeshifter. On “Times Squared,” she transitions seamlessly between rapidly tongued staccato blasts and relaxed legato sighs. On “Streets Of New York,” she skips from hardnosed modal lines to graceful swing motifs with a clean, collected assurance". Brian Zimmerman - Downbeat 'Editors Pick'
"Bell flaunts prodigious chops on both C flute and alto flute
though her pen might be mightier than her sword. Her originals all reveal a wide harmonic palette, a sophisticated rhythmic sensibility and a refined sense of dynamics, along with an urge to swing".
Bill Milkowski - Downbeat March 2016 ****
"Visionary, transcendent pieces. The standard for a flute-led album” Jazz da Gama
"Bell glides, glows, and runs up and down her flute in seemingly effortless fashion throughout. Brooklyn Dreaming is a tight and classy affair that furthers Bell's fine reputation".
All About Jazz
" I like this a lot. Bell's flute tone and chops are very strong, her ideas fresh and attractive" Howard Mandel
"Lori Bell's latest recording 'Brooklyn Dreaming' reveals a master of the mainstream at the absolute top of her game. Bell deftly exploits blues ideology with a warm, liquid sound and modern intervallic improvisation." Robert Bush
"This is a creative work that ‘swings’ and purrs, showcasing her virtuosity and hard core improvisational skills".
Dee Dee McNeil
Lori Bell has long been one of the top flutists in jazz and her playing on Brooklyn Dreaming is heard at its prime. Bell, whether on the C-flute or alto flute, never runs out of creative ideas. Brooklyn Dreaming, which is easily recommended, is a perfect way to be introduced to the excellent playing of Lori Bell.
“Fast, in-your-face, loquacious, but friendly and swinging. Bell finds the mood, explores the variations, makes it all swing, her notes precise and rounded, fleeting and wild in their spirit.”
San Diego Troubadour
"Lori Bell uses flute and composing skills to great reward...
As rewarding as Nathan’s Famous.” Jazz Weekly
“Lori Bell is an exceptionally skilled instrumentalist who brings inventive depth and subtle swing to the repertoire presented here.”
Jazz Journal UK ****
"The Lori Bell Quartet is an ensemble that demands attention. These are four top notch musicians who work as one. Their collaboration has produced an album that is both beautiful and intelligent." Blogcritics
"Brooklyn Dreaming is a strong vibrant statement in modern jazz”
O’s Place For Jazz
"Bell’s flute playing is pure jazz energy in the fire of her light switch” Carol Weber, AXS.com
"Bell brings to mind pre ‘60s Herbie Mann in tone and most of all in
hard driving spirit. Jazz flute, no compromise." Robert Rusch-Cadence
2016 Winner Global Music Awards
for Outstanding Achievement "Brooklyn Dreaming" album + composition
"A virtuoso musician, Bell is both an instrumentalist and an expert composer." Ric Bang - Jazz Scan