“Julien Labro is an accordion master who can make the instrument swing better than anyone”
"Accordionist Julien Labro has something. This guy can play!! He can spin a sixteenth note line with soul and sound that can intensify."
“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.”
"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."
"While all the cats can play, Labro stands out."
“...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"
"Django's group sometimes included accordion, and Richard Galliano and Julien Labro have been continuing that tradition in gypsy jazz with fine results."
"He really knows how to use his instrument with true artistry no matter what the tempo or style."
"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."
"...fleet fingered accordionist Julien Labro straddles the past-present fault line in particularly alluring fashion."
"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."
“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.”
"On the original compositions, Labro's "Sacre Bleu," swiftly stands out, due in large part to the composer's rhapsodic touch."
"Julien Labro stands out in his beautiful introduction to Chopin's "Tristesse".
"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."
“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.”