Chris Spector - Midwest Record - 11/16/16
"And now for something completely different--a mostly solo set of flute for Christmas. Inspired by her work in hospices, Stachel gives a soulful (but not soul music) reading to the holiday classics (with a ringer slipped in) that’s firmly a set with both feet in the new acoustic music camp as opposed to new age etc. The kind of holiday music you want to hear when things are quieting down and you feel reflective (but not morose), this album’s simple charms are enough to soothe the savage beast. Wildly wining in ways you wouldn’t expect from directions you wouldn’t guess. Check it out."
earBuzz.com - 2000
"Karen Stachel has assembled 16 flute instrumental holiday pieces from "Little Drummer Boy" to "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies" in her CD, "And of the Son - A Christmas Album of Jazz Flute".
"And of the Son" is hypnotic. This CD will put you in the musical holiday spirit."
There are no other instruments on the record - only Karen and her flute - and the performances are hypnotic.... The CD Opens with "The Christmas Song", and the spirit winds around the melody as Karen plays an unaccompanied rendition of the classic Torme penned favorite. The highlight of the CD is in track 4's, "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies". The Nutcracker classic is featured here as Karen has recorded multiple tracks in order to accommodate all of the parts - and the resulting continuity is wonderful. Any time of year, this CD will put you in the musical holiday spirit, for the musicianship and the delightful delivery of the memorable tunes."
Jazz in Flight - Excerpts from Scene Magazine - March 1996
"Gritty Jazz" best describes the San Francisco-based Karen Anderson Jazztet - jazz progressions and licks with rock beats and funky bass. Though Anderson calls her resultant music "acid jazz", but it's not particularly acidic; perhaps it's that her instrument is naturally soothing. Come listen for yourself. Jazz In Flight again welcomes Karen Anderson to Yoshi's."
East Bay Express - April 1994
Karen Anderson Jazztet. A rising star on the Bay Area hip-bop scene, flutist Anderson has a new cassette titled "In the Name of the Father" on which she brings a gently hypnotic quality to such chestnuts "the Shadow of Your Smile," "Amazing Grace" and "Were You There," as well as renders "My Funny Valentine" with a funk backbeat.
East Bay Express - March 1994
San Francisco jazz flutist Anderson mixes rock and funk rhythms with progressive jazz arrangements. Her band includes guitarist John Schott (of Planet Good), Norbert Stachel (best-known as a reed player he plays bass in the Jazztet), and drummer Elliot Kavee.
The Mills College Weekly by Laura Buhl - February 1994
The Karen Anderson Jazztet is highly recommended for an evening of light, beautiful jazz mixed with a few innovative pieces.
East Bay Express - 1994
San Francisco jazz flutist Karen Stachels' smooth, lyrical playing backed up on most pieces by guitar, bass, and drums creates a rhythmic, mellow music that is perfect for the ambiance of a crowded coffee house or jazz club. The Karen Stachel Jazztet is highly recommended for an evening of beautiful jazz mixed with a innovative pieces.
The Post, CW, November 1993
In The Name Of The Father by Karen Anderson, dist. by New Leaf, Cassette, This album (no relation to the movie") moves me to have people over for a party. In the Name of the Father is a refreshing collection of light jazz classics featuring San Francisco flautist Karen Anderson, who shows a warm rapport with a talented group of "unplugged" musicians on drums, piano, bass, and guitar. The traditional hymn "Were You There" features an outstanding duet between Anderson's clear flute and a growling acoustic bass played by John T. Sherman. Other songs include "My Funny Valentine," "The Shadow of you Smile"
"Hi Lili, Hi Lo," "Softly, As I Leave You," and others.
BAM, by Steve Stolder - September, 1993
The Karen Anderson Jazztet, which keeps pretty busy around San Francisco clubs, has put out a debut cassette, In the Name of the Father, that mixes standards (My Funny Valentine," "The Shadow of Your Smile") and hymns ("Amazing Grace," "Were You There") and that's a little adventurous, a little tried-and-true. Anderson calls the resultant sound "acid jazz," but it's not particularly acidic; maybe it's that her instrument is the naturally soothing flute. The most recently recorded track "My Funny Valentine," indicates Anderson and crew "guitartist John Schott, bassist John Evans, and drummer Scott Amendola) and headed in a grittier direction.