Mangiardi’s original songwriting, interpretative, pianistic, vocal and arranging skills are most impressive; her string writing is lovely, and her album Skylark is altogether beautiful and entrancing. The musicians who accompany her are equally excellent.
This music is by turns meditative, haunting, full of mystery (e.g., the gorgeous instrumental piece “The Thrill is Gone”) ... great “feel” from the ensemble.”
Los Angeles, September 2017
"These are gems in their perfect settings. Mangiardi finds that sweet spot that contains vulnerability and core emotional strength that goes nine miles deep-and all of it surrounded and supported by cohorts that can handle adult-strength harmonies and rhythms. String writing has a very context-specific freshness that connects the centuries."
James Singleton , bassist
"Outstanding album of beautiful and uniquely original songs that work superbly for jazz ensemble and strings."
"Mangiardi's writing for strings is sumptuous, while still allowing plenty of space for some outstanding contributions from some of today's leading jazz soloists."– Nick Lea - Jazz Views
"Beautiful and creative arrangements and renditions."