“Listen up jazz diggers, ABYSSVoice has the 411 on the best-kept jazz secret in Jacksonville, Dot Wilder. She can scat like Ella Fitzgerald, her phrasing is reminiscent of Billie Holiday, and she has the warmth and sophistication of fancy, Nancy Wilson. A multi-talented artist, Dot Wilder is a pianist, composer and arranger. This is not your average girl singer.” “On her first CD, released in 1999, entitled “Dot Wilder, Live from the Warehouse” Dot wrote and arranged several cuts. My favorite is Babies Gentle, originally a folk song written in 1983 for her children, and was later changed to a jazz waltz in 1997. This CD is a superb jazz offering. She was surrounded by excellent musicians and allowed them to make their own musical statements. I give this recording a two-thumbs up with a rising star, a must buy.”
– Lyndah Malloy-Glover, ABBYSSVoice

“In the music world, all singers think they are unique, but in the case of Dot Wilder it might actually be true. A jazz singer by categorization, Wilder has a style that defies definition. Her innovative sound and unique phrasings have twice earned Downbeat Magazine’s Student Award for Outstanding Performance of a Jazz Vocalist, not to mention a devoted following among Jacksonville’s jazz aficionados. Backed by some of the best jazz musicians in town, Wilder’s performances showcase her diverse influences, expressive nature — and an impressive set of pipes.”
– Kerry Speckman, AOL Local Guide

“With tunes averaging five and a half minutes there is plenty of time for the band to show their chops. Dot’s dreamy treatment of “Prelude to a Kiss” cushioned by Eric Reihm’s cottony tenor, an up tempo Latin version of “Summertime”, Marcus Parsley’s beautifully muted trumpet, Roy Dunlap’s tasteful ivories – all of the musicians provide solid support without intruding on the soloist of the moment. The sound is so well recorded that you can concentrate on your instrument of choice at any time. But my guess is your ears will be mostly locked onto Dot WIlder – she’s a gas!”
– Mike Lynch, CD Review, The Jazz Society of Pensacola

“Dot Wilder’s jazzy new CD is a joy. Now that Mel Torme is gone, Jacksonville’s Dot Wilder could very well be the heir to his title of “Velvet Fog.” Whether it is her inspired renditions of jazz standards or her own original material, Wilder’s voice is a sultry mix of past jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Wilder and her band know how to breathe some life into an old standard. Their tunes are all done with an honest flair that only a live performance can give – that live feel sets this album apart from others. The sound is so clean, crisp and organized, yet so free and spontaneous, it is jazz in the purest sense of the word.”
– Mark Faulkner, The Florida Times-Union

“Dot Wilder has the urgency that separates technique from the real essence of jazz – feelings. She comes from the heart!”
– Bunky Green, International Performer, Recording Artist, Educator, and IAJE Hall of Fame Inductee

“There are singers and there are musicians. Far too often the two do not coexist. When they do it is worth of the gods. This illuminating CD shows that Dot Wilder is worth of the gods.”
– William Brown, Internationally acclaimed Concert, Opera & Recording Artist

“It is absolutely great stuff – the liner notes don’t do it justice! The essence of jazz, the guts and feeling that great music deserves, and yes, the technique, it’s all there.”
– Martin Wright, DJ, Plenty Valley FM, Victoria, Australia