OPEN MIND JAZZ is the newest and latest chapter in Gertz's ongoing growth as a contemporary jazz musician. Compelled by the many positive developments in music technology over the past few decades, Gertz endeavored to gain more control of the production of his original music by creating his original music label. “It’s the best recording I’ve made,” Gertz states with pride, “Life is a growth process, and my music reflects that. Open Mind is the perfect example of what I’ve become.”
It’s apparent from the first track of Open Mind that Gertz belongs in the front rank of contemporary bassists, unquestionably the equal of more celebrated NYC counterparts. He’s got solid but flexible time, a deep, warm tone and a sophisticated harmonic foundation. He’s capable of pushing a group, but he’s also a good team player. For Open Mind, he has assembled a heavy-duty crew of peers.
— Charles Farrell, emusic.com