2020: The Year’s Top-Rated Albums
"Across NoteSpeak, the band’s playing remains understated, granting Simmons’ poetry the spotlight. Her words are full of internal rhymes, verbal inflections that move the rhythm in unexpected directions and juxtapositions of imagery that veer from predictable to wildly creative." 4 Stars - Downbeat Magazine j. poet
"Beautiful and Powerful" - Rai Radio 3 "Battiti"
"Cremaschini's piano twinkles like brilliant stars in music that seems to peacefully float yet bounce on drummer Valerio Abeni's big-as-a-house beat."- All about Jazz CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
"The album explores the creative paths that unite poetry and music" - JAZZIT Eugenio Mirti
“Lisa Marie Simmons has a powerful magnetizing voice for our time- for all time. Authentic and deeply committed.”- Anne Waldman, author of Trickster Feminism (Penguin Poets).
"Lisa Marie Simmons is forging her rightful place in the annals of music history. Her cd, Note Speak: Amori E Tragedie In Musica is poetic mastery of sound and silence." - Regina Harris Baiocchi- composer, author, and poet
"Musically and vocally, NoteSpeak consistently changes, shifting from style to style – acoustic jazz solos into hip-hop beats into harmonized gospel vocals into electronic jazz and fusion into free verse rhyming – and yet seems to constantly groove. Simmons' delivery swims in the deep waters connecting Nina Simone to Jill Scott, completely obliterating the line between vocalist and poetess: Warning like a mother lioness, whippersnapping through urban haunts, and curiously wondering about it all."
Chris M. Slawecki “All About Jazz”
"NoteSpeak performed at the closing of the literary festival JLF@Boulder and blew the lid off the house. They had the audience on their feet throughout the incredible 90-minute set! A pure treat!" Sanjoy K. Roy Managing Director of Teamwork Arts. Co-founder, producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival