"Wainapel plays with the performance attitude which for me is what jazz and improvisation
is all about…it's a pleasure to listen to Harvey's soulful interpretations."
"The room is warm, the audience is happy, and he is good…Wainapel's star shines brighter."
"Extraordinary tonal sensibility, wisdom, maturity and inner harmony."
"…world-class…the results were fantastic"
"Wainapel displayed incredible intimacy with the language of Brazilian music and great stage presence."—O GLOBO (Rio de Janeiro) Reviewed in concert with guitar virtuoso Paulo Bellinati
" Harvey understands Brazilian music in a way that's very unusual; he's got the spirit,
"Each song has a different composer, different rhythm and different musicians. What
"If Harvey Wainapel has not been made an honorary Brasilian already, then it is time
"Vol 2 winds like a long river journey, quiet yet powerful, through Brazil's subtle,
★★★★"adventurous and diverse"— DOWNBEAT
"If you want to encounter the real joy and swing of modern Brazilian jazz, search no
★★★★★"A must for any collector....An intimate detailed look at the roots of
"Each selection on the recent volume is a gem...the performances, by groups ranging
"When an artist takes time to get involved profoundly with the culture and music of a foreign country,
the results can be amazing. Harvey Wainapel has delved deep into Brazilian music, and the end product
shows in his latest CD. In this album he is joined by some forty Brazilian musicians ... Wainapel
shows what he is capable of...they all have a great time with the music showcased in Amigos Brasileiros...
a great accomplishment in Wainapel's career."
"Wainapel demonstrates that the clarinet's smooth, subtle breathiness is perfect for
this setting, perfectly balancing the two instruments' abundant and subtle charms. The
whole set traverses all the emotions that choro is capable of; it looks like the choro
as a form will continue to beguile countless listeners and musicians well into the 21st
century and beyond."
"This is an astonishing, exciting CD. It's a monumental showcase for virtuoso jazz woodwind player Wainapel, who plays beautifully throughout… Plenty of heat but no compromise with melody here. Lots of grand solos but steady rich ensemble choruses too." — SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
"…quite simply one of the best mainstream jazz recordings I've heard all year…"
"Wainapel and Barron work particularly well together and maintain a sultry, almost mysterious groove throughout. Each of the soloists is given plenty of space to develop his ideas and the result is a consistent work of seductive beauty. Listeners won't be cheated by the 70 minutes of fine music performed on this recommended set."
AMBROSIA: THE MUSIC OF KENNY BARRON
(the album) "showcases Wainapel's genius — and penchant for adventure."
"consistently creative, restlessly inventive."
"Offers a better case for concert-hall jazz than many a Jazz at Lincoln Center affair."
"An incredible saxophonist. If there was any justice in life, Wainapel would win a grammy
AT HOME/ON THE ROAD
"This is music that can be played again and again…a clear winner."
"Dynamic, self-assured, emotionally charged modern jazz."