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Julien Labro / Press

“Julien Labro is an accordion master who can make the instrument swing better than anyone”

Piotr Michalowski - SEMJA

"Accordionist Julien Labro has something. This guy can play!! He can spin a sixteenth note line with soul and sound that can intensify."

Cadence Magazine

“Labro can rip off a startlingly fast line of his own, and he plays with a fluent grace, which is not an attribute often applied to accordionists; he also has a penchant for making smart, dramatic use of the accordion’s lowest notes (which generate a sound more often associated with dyspeptic grandfathers). ”

“Top Ten jazz performances of 2010....Julien Labro knocked everybody's socks off.”

Tim Coakley - The Daily Gazette

"Brilliant accordionist"

Howard Reich - Chicago Tribune

"Julien rips like you won't believe. I was astounded by his mastery of that rather difficult instrument and by the beauty of his solo lines."

Ernie Rideout - Keyboard Magazine.

"While all the cats can play, Labro stands out."

Jazz & Blues Report

“...An excellent soloist...this new arrangement by Julien Labro gets things right. The music was by turns rapid and rhythmically driving, hazy and languorous, nostalgically grand-gestured, tart and cutting.”

"Julien Labro offering up the most melodic accordion these ears have ever heard"

Ear Candy

"Django's group sometimes included accordion, and Richard Galliano and Julien Labro have been continuing that tradition in gypsy jazz with fine results."

Audiophile Audition

"He really knows how to use his instrument with true artistry no matter what the tempo or style."

Joan Sommers - Accordion Worlwide

"France-born Julien Labro makes a favorable impression. He has a smooth, pleasing quality to the sound of the accordion he fingers and squeezes with such nonchalant expertise."

Downbeat Magazine

"...fleet fingered accordionist Julien Labro straddles the past-present fault line in particularly alluring fashion."

Mark Stryker - Detroit Free Press

"What accordionist Julien Labro makes crystal- clear from the disc's very first cut Django Reinhardt's "Rhythm Futur" is that he's a jazz improviser, not some godforsaken bit of Parisian cafe color, and he's ready to swing the house down."

Jeff Simon - The Buffalo News

“The originals are equally enjoyable. Labro’s “Sacre Bleu” is an enticing gypsy trio waltz for guitar, bass and accordion while Labro’s gently swaying “Papillion” showcases Cafagna on soprano sax and the composer’s accordion.”

“Labro continues to amaze. He brings a modern harmonic sophistication to traditional heart-on-your sleeve accordion/bandoneon stylings,without losing the emotional impact of the tradition.”

Piotr Michalowski - SEMJA (July/Aug 2010)

"On the original compositions, Labro's "Sacre Bleu," swiftly stands out, due in large part to the composer's rhapsodic touch."

Mike Joyce - JazzTimes

"Julien Labro stands out in his beautiful introduction to Chopin's "Tristesse".

Larry Taylor - All About Jazz

"Julien Labro steals the show with his improvisations. He is the best jazz accordionist I’ve heard since Art Van Damme, and that was, what? The late ’50s? Like Van Damme, Labro plays the instrument in a rapid, single-note style, evidently adapted from Bud Powell."

Lynn Rene Bayley - Fanfare Magazine

“An astounding accordion player who measures up every inch to the base group. I've had occasion to hear some very good squeezebox artists, but Julien Labro is in a class of his own.”

The Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange