"..a great sense of fun..superb playing throughout, and the feeling that these guys could crank this stuff out all night...give Mazzenga a listen and have your horizon expanded.."
“Fretless guitarist Jack Mazzenga goes to town on this rollicking instrumental disc, ably backed by bassist Jim Petti and drummer Michael Thompson, and joined on three tracks by fellow fretless virtuosi Neil Haverstick and Ned Evett. Although the 15 tunes are rooted in various idioms-hard rock, country rock, blues, R&B, surf, etc.-the heavily caffeinated arrangements and Mazzenga’s fiery licks and edgy tones provide requisite stylistic identity. And, while aspects of the guitarist’s phrasing and ornamentation clearly stem from a fingerboard unfettered by frets, his approach is refreshingly free of fretless antics. Highlights include the horn-driven R&B workout “Cereal Killer” (featuring trumpeter Mitch Goldman and tenor sax and flute man Joe Brown, with searing solos by Evett and Haverstick), the white-hot and insanely angular lines on “Left Handed Compliment,” and the solo resonator piece “New Tax Blues.”
"'Had to say' wraps around your ears like a funhouse mirror, distorting and curving the blues into many forms, a true delight for fans of the fretless guitar or any kind of slide guitar"
— Ned Evett
"Jack has made a very well played, produced, and artistically important CD. A lotta folks will hear fretless guitar for the first time, and it will open up new doors for this amazing axe..."
— Neil Haverstick