Alaya is a breathtaking composite of world music, jazz, and classical expressions. In other words, it’s Sandberg’s whole musical existence merging into a single stream. In these eight tracks, he delivers unto us an exultant music that’s incredibly personal and precise in its direction, yet universal in its language and ability to connect.
— Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
There is a rising meteor in the musical firmament, a man of the sort of talent we can only associate with greatness. His name is Steve Sandberg. He has gathered together a band whose members are themselves leaders in their field. I, personally, become awestruck when listening to Steve Sandberg. His keyboard artistry and creative gifts are treasures awaiting the world’s recognition.
— Seymour Bernstein