“There’s a special group of people that can be called citizens of the world. Rick Udler is one of them. The guitarist knows how to extract superb musical lessons from the places he’s been.”
— Guitar Player Magazine/Brazilian Edition
“...one of the finest composer-player CDs of the year.”
— Violão Pro
“Rick Udler is brilliant. His compositions and execution leave the listener in a state of grace.”
— Jorge Fernando dos Santos
“...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
“When I listen to his music, I hear the music of the world.”
— Ulisses Rocha
“...it seems as if the music sprouts straight from the soul .... A seasoned recording by one who knows – and who knows what he wants....What most calls one’s attention in Rick’s solos is the precision of the chords, the chromaticism played in jazzy and bossa nova styles without fret buzz or any waste of notes. His compositions are original...”
— Estado de Minas
“...spiritual heir to Paulinho Nogueira and Baden Powell...memorable compositions. Rick Udler lets us know that Brazilian music is going strong beyond it’s official boundaries and is no longer our (Brazilian) property, like jazz, it belongs to the world.”
— Digestivo Cultural
“...At times his style is reminiscent of Earl Klugh’s best solo work, at times the sweetness of Paulinho Nogueira and there are even touches of Villa-Lobos. Conclusion: a great CD with beautiful compositions, melodic improvisation, excellent guitar sound …”
— Acústico
“…Udler, when he plays his guitar, reveals that his musical background is as instigating as his personal heritage. His touch is heir to the delicacy of Paulinho Nogueira (1927-2003) and the Afro-percussion sounds of Baden Powell (1937-2000), his most distinct influences.”
— Carta Capital
“It is new and exciting acoustic guitar music. Rick’s composing style is captivating, elaborate and yet unpretentious. He is able to emulate the masters (Baden Powell, Paulinho Nogueira and others) without falling into the traps of copying them. He is original and fresh. Rick Udler’s Papaya exemplifies an artisan’s work and his concern for a ‘definitive form’ of good music.”
— Música Brasileira from A - Z
“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
“On this recording, which has been receiving high praise from the both the Brazilian and international press, Udler’s clean, swinging performance was luxuriously accompanied by percussionist João Parahyba, bassist Zé Alexandre Carvalho and pianist Lika Meinberg”
— Guitar Player/Brazilian edition
“...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
“This weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Rick Udler in concert (New York) and meeting him. It was an excellent show; few times have I seen a performer so at ease onstage and who communicates so directly and effortlessly with the audience.”
— Brazilian Guitar Forum
“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
“In jazz circles, Udler is hailed as a compositional wizard, but there’s an effervescence to his playing that transcends egghead considerations. Perhaps it’s his years performing in areas such as Miami and New Orleans, where jazz is played for the body and not the mind, but Udler easily bridges the intellectual and the carnal with his sensuous compositional touch.”
— Metro Santa Cruz (California)
“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 captures, and then recreates, the best of the Brazilian sound…”
— Jazziz
“True bossa heads will welcome this tasteful, elegant duo’s album.”
— Rhythm Music
“This beautiful CD…is a magical journey from tracks one through fourteen. Certainly well recommended.”
— Just Jazz Guitar
“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 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
“Udler is an American who plays guitar with all the fire of a Brazilian, while Alvim is a native Brazilian whose voice aptly captures the mystique of the country”
— Cadence