''... the best jazz guitarist Japan has ever produced...''
- AllAboutJazz, Chris Mosey (5 stars)
''Apart from his unique phraseology, and a self-evidence for a wide harmonic landscape, he furthermore draws from a multitude of different genres and melts them into something distinctively his own.''
- AllAboutJazz, Friedrich Kunzmann
''... it demonstrates the power and grace of an experienced group...''
- AllAboutJazz, Mark Sullivan
''This CD is the examplar of some fo the most vibrant new sounds on guitar trio today.''
- Roberta on the Arts
''The seventh set from this post bop guitarist leaves no room for doubt...''
- Midwest Record
''... This is jazz guitar trio music at its finest...''
- Live in Japan CD review by Mark Sullivan of AllAboutJazz
''... Winning stuff throughout...''
- Live in Japan CD review by Chris Spector of Midwest Record
''... Takamen is a master. Beautiful solo guitar... he simply seems to bring the sun out when he plays.''
- Solo Guitar CD review on Vintage Guitar Magazine
''... His music always swings whether taken at a medium or slow tempo, and Takamen, like Joe Pass, sounds like a complete group by himself... throughout the set invigorates the tradition of straight ahead jazz guitar...''
- Solo Guitar CD review by Scott Yanow (The Auther of ''The Great Jazz Guitarists'')
''... Takamen clearly is an extremely gifted improviser and composer, and this is a most advantageous showcase for both of those talents.''
- Solo Guitar CD review by Bob Bernotas of Just Jazz
''... What is here is totally enjoyable music, and a truly exceptional solo guitar debut from Nobuki Takamen. He's a jazz guitarist to watch.''
- Solo Guitar CD review by Mark Sullivan of AllAboutJazz
''... the guitarist serves up roller-coaster, angular melodies, played with care on a clear guitar, picking out one crisp note at a time, letting it ring out before moving to the next...''
''... a mature player with keen sense of composition [and] considerable technical skills...''
- Vintage Guitar Magazine
''... Jim Hall meets Wes Montgomery on their way to a Kenny Burrell show...''
- Critical Jazz
''... prodigious technique...
strong and lyrical melodies akin to James Taylor's, which sink into the mind, inviting subconscious lyric-writing from even the most casual listen.''
''... the compositions are engaging, and the group dynamic is never less than brilliant.''
Just Jazz Guitar
''... he constructs his compositions with an ear to the sum of all instruments, not to highlight his own skills...
- The Gear Page
''The tunes are moremorable and dynamic with tight arrangements and of course, great playing from all involved. ... a keen sense of melody and taste...''
Jazz Guitar Life (Canada)
''Takamen's compositions carry his signature and are always characterized by a cleary defined melodic direction and generally a lot of taste.''
- Jazz'n'more (Switzerland)
''... [Nobuki] mixes roughly equal parts Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and himself in 8 own compositions, which in several instances are so well crafted, melodically and harmonically, that I quickly
start to hum them.''
- Jazz Special (Denmark)
''The bebop-inspired compositions swing with a vengeance.''
- Jazz Flits (Netherlands)
''Pleasing, calming yet still interesting jazz guitar...''
- CD ismertetok (Hungary)
''... his music and guitar playing are filled with originality which are derived from the fact that he has already digested the jazz guitar tradition and sublimed it into his own...''
- Jazz Life Magazine (Japan)
INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES:
Interview ''Firmly in the Moment''
by Matt Warnock
of Guitar International
Interview by T. Wesley of TGP Webzine
Jazz Podium Interview - December 2012/January 2013 (Germany)
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Jazz Guitar Book Vol. 27 Interview (Japan)
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Jazz Guitar Book Vol. 19 Interview (Japan)
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