Top 6 Year End Albums & Review of Paris Concert "A concert of weightlessness, class, spark, inspiration and sharing. Magic uninterrupted for two hours. The crowd... went wild. For such is the music Etkin: sensitive to the exchange with the audience." Etkin's new CD also made a year-end Top 10 list in French magazine Les Inrocks!
"Best Jazz Albums of 2015" feature by Howard Reich highlights Etkin's new CD in his Top 10 List: "Clarinetist Etkin fulfills the promise of this recording's title, taking the spirit and repertoire of Goodman into new improvisational realms."
Dan Oulette Reviews North Sea Jazz Festival: "...two younger artists turned in impressive showings. New York-based clarinetist Oran Etkin led a crack band with guitarist Federico Casagrande, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Nasheet Waits. They delivered steeped-in-tradition but outward-leaning tunes from Etkin's latest album, Gathering Light (Motéma), along with a preview of tunes from his new album, What's New: Re-Imaging Benny Goodman."
Owen McNally Previews "What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman" "Prince Etkin Bows To King Goodman... Oran Etkin, the internationally celebrated, Israeli-American bandleader/composer and clarinetist, presents his highly original, well-crafted and loving tribute to Benny Goodman"
David Cristol Reviews Festival Jazz Sur Son 31 in Toulouse, France "Parmi les bonnes surprises, il faut citer le jazz voyageur (Asie, Europe de l'Est...) et mélodieux du clarinettiste Oran Etkin, en compagnie de Frederico Casagrande (elg, et révélation), Joe Sanders (b) et Ziv Ravitz (dm)."
Review of "What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman" "One of the most exciting clarinettists to have emerged in decades on the international jazz scene, Oran Etkin takes a big leap in terms of ambition with his "reimagining" of Benny Goodman here."