REVIEWS: Quotes

“Paul Renz’s “In My Own Hands” is a fine example of how straight-ahead jazz continues to be creative and relevant in the hands of musicians who understand tradition but can make it sound as fresh as if it were today’s newest innovation.”
-Mike Reisz, WDPS, Dayton, OH

“Paul Renz’s guitar playing will knock you out.”
-Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Renz’s compositions and fretwork alike exult in unveiling intriguing melodic and rhythmic angles with insouciant charm, knocking out listeners with subtle firepower hidden in a splendid vocabulary of feints and finesse.”
-Rick Mason, City Pages, May, 2008

“Hearing Paul Renz’s new CD “ReBop” was like meeting an old friend, who is unstoppable!”
-Peter Kuller, Radio Adelaide, Australia

“ReBop is good, unadulterated, old-fashioned, soul jazz in the style of Grant Green or Jimmy Smith. Renz is a talented guitarist and his compositions are, happily, throwbacks to an era when the Hammond B3 was king and jazz was as greasy as southern-fried chicken.”
-Les French, WMEB, Orono, ME

“Paul Renz’s music is a kick! It’s a fresh, breathing, surprising, tune-filled, character-to-spare personal amalgam of so much that’s so fine about modern mainstream jazz.”
-Tom Surowicz
City Pages, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Midwest Jazz

“Renz’s playing is a tantalizing mix of creativity and craftsmanship.”
-David Dupont
Cadence Magazine

“Renz is the Van Gogh of jazz guitar.”
-Lois Berg
Twin Cities Jazz Society

“Glistening horn-like lines, Copland, calypso and bop.”
-Joe Lowrey
National Public Radio

“Incessantly swinging!”
-Jack Frieden
Virginian Pilot

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