“San Francisco Bay Area saxophonist/flautist Noel Catura's debut, Soulful Situation, is about as smooth and soulful a debut as possible. Unlike some smooth jazz recordings—passionless, contrived, and delivered as easy listening jazz for the masses—Catura and crew withhold little in terms of expression and energy on this collection of eight original compositions. Catura's playing commands and seizes the day. He's focused, swings with a fine rhythmic sense, and his improvisations are neither cliché-ridden nor boring. His robust tenor tone on "That's It" and elsewhere has an earthy bite to it, as if his reeds are soul- flavored. Of special note is the sultry "When I Lay Next to You." Here, Catura's tenor speaks an elegant image of soft lighting, fine wine and all that follows romantically, with an obvious channeling of the late saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. in the saxophonist's approach.”
“Noel Catura is one of the most dynamic Sax man in the San Francisco Bay Area. His latest release "Soulful Situation" is proof positive that good sax can be orgasmic. Its all about the journey rather then the destination, and its a joyride set in various grooves ranging from the esoteric to funk, blues, and swing. This cat has got the bull by the horn and the horn is smoking. To some it up one word comes to mind.... ....Amazing Johnnie Cozmik On Air Personality KKUP 91.5 FM”
“Master saxophonist Noel Catura's new CD "Soulful Situation" features a variety of flavors (contemporary, Blues, and progressive) and all have an underlying soulful groove. A definite stand out release. Mark Jacobson KSCU 103.3fm Blues Program Director Playing Blues on KSCU since '85”
"Noel Catura's CD "Soulful Situation" has all the Originality and Energy any one could ask for. Every Track contains Lively Rhythms that bring the music to life. The Horns makes one sway & wave like there is not a care in the world yet it includes enough movement in the Rhythm to keep up the interest Level. This CD is a must have to add to any music lovers collection". Review By: Colleen Coco Spencer Smooth Groove Radio "The Vibe"