"...one of the finest composer-player CDs of the year."
"Rick Udler is brilliant. His compositions and execution leave the listener in a state of grace."
JORGE FERNANDO DOS SANTOS – MUSIC CRITIC AND AUTHOR
"...the excellent Papaya CD, (is) without a doubt, a significant contribution to world guitar literature."
PAULO BELLINATI – GUITAR VIRTUOSO & COMPOSER
"With clean, precise and swinging phrasing, he condenses the Baden Powell and Paulinho Nogueira traditions of playing with his blues and jazz roots. The result is a beautiful CD...Essential!"
"...it seems as if the music sprouts straight from the soul .... A seasoned recording by one who knows – and who knows what he wants....What most calls one's attention in Rick's solos is the precision of the chords, the chromaticism played in jazzy and bossa nova styles without fret buzz or any waste of notes. His compositions are original..."
ESTADO DE MINAS
"...spiritual heir to Paulinho Nogueira and Baden Powell...memorable compositions. Rick Udler lets us know that Brazilian music is going strong beyond it's official boundaries and is no longer our (Brazilian) property, like jazz, it belongs to the world."
"...At times his style is reminiscent of Earl Klugh's best solo work, at times the sweetness of Paulinho Nogueira and there are even touches of Villa-Lobos.
Conclusion: a great CD with beautiful compositions, melodic improvisation, excellent guitar sound …"
"It is new and exciting acoustic guitar music. Rick's composing style is captivating, elaborate and yet unpretentious. He is able to emulate the masters (Baden Powell, Paulinho Nogueira and others) without falling into the traps of copying them. He is original and fresh.
Rick Udler's Papaya exemplifies an artisan's work and his concern for a 'definitive form' of good music."
MÚSICA BRASILEIRA FROM A – Z
"Papaya is a wonderful collection containing twelve of Rick's original compositions filled with a mix of Brazilian rhythm, American blues and jazz, and even overtones of funk and ragtime. We highly recommend this recording to all lovers of the guitar and new creations for the guitar"
"There's a special group of people that can be called citizens of the world. Rick Udler is one of them. The guitarist knows how to extract superb musical lessons from the places he's been. On this recording, which has been receiving high praise from the both the Brazilian and international press, Udler's clean, swinging performance was luxuriously accompanied by percussionist João Parahyba, bassist Zé Alexandre Carvalho and pianist Lika Meinberg"
"...guitarist Rick Udler echoes the best of the bossa nova/solo jazz guitar sound as played on nylon string classical guitar on his 2007 solo instrumental CD... Papaya provides a fine setting for Udler's guitar expertise."
20th CENTURY GUITAR
"Udler's disc is truly a gem. On Papaya, Rick Udler opens the window for us to enjoy his world of rich, deep and beautiful music."
JUST JAZZ GUITAR
ABOUT RICK UDLER
Guitarist, composer & arranger Rick Udler can truly be considered a citizen of the world. Born in Santiago, Chile, to Argentine parents of Eastern European extraction, he was 2 when his family moved to the U.S. in 1965. As a child, the sound of the Beatles and other bands of that era had a profound impact on him and awakened his passion for music.
When Rick was 11, his family moved to São Paulo, Brazil, and soon after he took up the guitar. While still in his teens, he began performing professionally in São Paulo. From 1981-1987, Rick lived in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Miami, where he studied, performed, and built a reputation as a versatile player with a remarkable command of
Rick headed back to Brazil in 1987 to rub elbows with the players he admires so much, as well as to research Brazilian music straight from the source – he's been living there ever since. In 1990, he teamed up with vocalist extraordinaire Maria Alvim; the two continue to perform together to this day.
In 1993 and 1994, Rick was commissioned to compose for the award-winning Grupo de Dois dance company. In 1996, Rhythm and Romance, the highly anticipated debut CD of the Udler-Alvim duo, was released in the U.S. The CD includes Rick's compositions with famed Brazilian lyricists Paulo Cesar Pinheiro and J.C. Costa Netto and guest appearances by some of Brazil's top musicians, including world-renown artists João Parahyba (percussion) and Bocato (trombone).
Publications such as JazzTimes, Jazziz, Just Jazz Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Music, and The Beat gave the recording outstanding reviews, and it was chosen "best debut album of the year" by the nationally syndicated radio program The Sounds of Brazil.
In 1999, Rick had the pleasure to produce legendary Brazilian guitarist Paulinho Nogueira's first U.S. release, Reflections, which received superb reviews. For a complete change of pace and a bow to his childhood idol, Rick performed as George Harrison in a 2002 Beatles-revival theater production in São Paulo.
Rick's first entirely instrumental CD, Papaya, was released in Brazil in 2006. The album, conceived as an homage to the acoustic guitar, features the instrument in assorted settings. Percussion ace João Parahyba once more adds his unmistakable touch along with Zé Alexandre on acoustic bass and on one track, Lika Meinberg on piano. Brazil's leading music publications have been unanimous in their praise.