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Rick’s first entirely instrumental CD, Papaya, was conceived as an homage to the acoustic guitar and recorded, mixed and co-produced by studio veteran Eduardo Gebara. Percussion ace João Parahyba once more adds his unmistakable touch along with the superb Zé Alexandre on acoustic bass and on one track, Lika Meinberg on piano. The Brazilian and international press have been unanimous in their praise.

“...the excellent Papaya CD is, without a doubt, a significant contribution to world guitar literature.”
— Paulo Bellinati
“With clean, precise and swinging phrasing, he condenses the Baden Powell and Paulinho Nogueira traditions of playing with his blues and jazz roots. The result is a beautiful CD...Essential!”
— Violão Pro
“ of the finest composer-player CDs of the year.”
— Violão Pro
“A great CD with beautiful compositions, melodic improvisation, and excellent guitar sound.”
— Acústico
“Papaya is a wonderful collection containing twelve of Rick’s original compositions filled with a mix of Brazilian rhythm, American blues and jazz, and even overtones of funk and ragtime. We highly recommend this recording to all lovers of the guitar and new creations for the guitar.”
— Fingerstyle Guitar
“...guitarist Rick Udler echoes the best of the bossa nova/solo jazz guitar sound as played on nylon string classical guitar on his solo instrumental CD... Papaya provides a fine setting for Udler’s guitar expertise.”
— 20th Century Guitar
“Udler’s disc is truly a gem. On Papaya, Rick Udler opens the window for us to enjoy his world of rich, deep and beautiful music.”
— Just Jazz Guitar
“Papaya, is a sensual set of original instrumentals. It reflects Udler’s international influences, transfusing his native rhythms into vibrant, engaging melodies and a supple finger style that’s drawn comparison to renowned jazz guitar masters such as Baden Powell, Earl Klugh, and Nogueira himself.”
— Miami New Times
“For every bit of Brazilian tropicalia like “Amigo Paulo” or “Dia de Sol” there are hybrids like “Nawlins,” rife with blue thirds and jagged 13th chords, as though Thelonious Monk had done a residency in Rio. If Stan Getz was the first notable jazzman to incorporate Brazilian style, Rick Udler - 40 years later - returns the favor: his music is thoroughly São Paulo but with a healthy infusion of blues, jazz, funk and ragtime.”
— Lansing State Journal
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Rhythm & Romance

The highly anticipated debut CD of the Udler-Alvim duo, was released in the U.S. The CD includes Rick's compositions with famed Brazilian lyricists Paulo Cesar Pinheiro and J.C. Costa Netto and guest appearances by some of Brazil’s top musicians, including world-renown artists João Parahyba (percussion) and Bocato (trombone).

It was chosen “best debut album of the year” by the nationally syndicated radio program The Sounds of Brazil.

“If you love the sinewy Brazilian melodies of …you would do well to seek out Rick Udler & Maria Alvim’s Rhythm & Romance, a richly textured effort which takes a page from Braziljazz legends and makes it personal...a well-suited pair, with the seamless give-and-take of a Brazilian Tuck and Patti.”
— Jazztimes
“..Guitarist/arranger/songwriter Rick Udler and singer Maria Alvim draw deeply from the founts of the great composers, but achieve a fresh fluidity all their own...A pleasant surprise, this record is worthy of some real recognition.”
— The Beat
“Rhythm & Romance captures, and then recreates, the best of the Brazilian sound…”
— Jazziz
“This beautiful CD…is a magical journey from tracks one through fourteen. Certainly well recommended.”
— Just Jazz Guitar
“True bossa heads will welcome this tasteful, elegant duo’s album.”
— Rhythm Music
“The uncompromising artistry of Rick Udler and Maria Alvim has produced an album of extraordinary sonic pleasures...It’s an album that’s been long overdue.”
— Mark Holston
“Rhythm & Romance contains some fine acoustic-based Latin jazz with a few welcome quirks. ...Rick Udler (nylon-string guitar) and Maria Alvim (vocals) serve up a rootsy mix of traditional samba sounds and some very interesting guitar work.”
— Acoustic Guitar
A stunningly perfect album! Another reviewer comments on the guitar player (great) and his compositions (also great). I want to point out that Maria has a superb voice, and the arrangements are top-notch. The focus is one guitar and one voice, with quite a bit of percussion and some flute (and a few other colorful touches). Strong Brazilian flavour leavened with tasteful jazz.

If you like any styles of acoustic Brazilian music, and/or acoustic jazz, you will love the CD. It will definitely remain an ‘unknown classic’ for decades to come. Highly recommended.
— Pink Noodle / Amazon Review

The Brazilian Sound For Fingerstyle Guitar

In this lesson, Rick discusses and demonstrates styles, techniques, and rhythms of Brazil's great guitarists.

“The best Introduction for Brazilian sound!
Great arrangements and instruction!”
— Barry A. Hudson / Amazon Reviewer
“I am so grateful that Rick Udler made this DVD and that I found it.”
— Jon Stephen / Amazon Reviewer