"Une merveille!" -- Alice Leclercq (Citizen Jazz Magazine)

"“Caruma” is transcendent. This music from Ricardo Pinheiro, Monica Salmaso and Theo Bleckmann fills the listener’s imagination with angels and demons, swirling around in a beautifully balanced dance full of wonder and mystery. From sparse and open atmospheres to dense and angular landscapes, these brave and agile musicians explore both joyful and haunting dimensions, sharing with us here on “Caruma” their fascinating and captivating story” -- Chris Cheek

"Intimate is a wonderful word with a universe of meanings…a certain atmosphere… musical tension and release…..lyricism…and most of all passion. All of this and more are present on this beautiful recording. The music is abundanty gorgeous and truly what beauty in music can be. Great job folks!!" -- Dave Liebman (on the album "Caruma")

"Ricardo Pinheiro is a very special guitarist who has crafted a most honest and original project with “Caruma.” His music evokes a humanistic quality that is full of emotional expression and spirit. He also offers the very wise inclusion and cooperation of Theo Bleckmann and Mônica Salmaso, who bring a heightened sense of wonder and possibility to their united sonic spectrum. Together, they have fashioned a stunning piece that will serve as a monumental example for many to appreciate and be touched by for generations to come." -- Greg Osby

"Ricardo Pinheiro is an original interpreter of standards, both in conception and sound. Fusion is also part of his palette and the way that the guitarist from Lisbon, Portugal transformed the Disney tune When You Wish Upon a Star into a psychedelic drone on Triplicity was something else. But Caruma is one step beyond, a meditative record of solo guitar and the voices of Theo Bleckmann and Mônica Salmaso (...) Elegance, restraint and stillness abound. Angelic voices mingle with the oblique melodies and overdubbed soundscapes by Pinheiro, like four legs entwined beneath silken sheets" -- François van de Linde (Flophouse Magazine)

"He has a distinctive sound and I thought then that he had a lot going for him (...)

The trio’s set on Triplicity is a superbly collective effort (...) Each member is highly original both in their individual improvisation and their collaborative interplay but no one seeks to overshadow another. Their album is an intriguing mix of novel and imaginative interpretations..." -- Brian Payne (JazzJournal.co.uk)

“‘Triplicity' is one of the most exceptional guitar productions that have appeared in jazz in recent years.” -- Cyriel Pluimakers (Jazzenzo.nl)

" (...) I would venture to say that I’ve yet to hear another guitar-bass-drums trio that sounds so refreshingly different. What I came away with was a unique listening experience centered around a textured mood; a string and percussion sonority. As the principal melodic voice on the CD, guitarist Pinheiro brings off this role with a measured grace.  In a setting made for overplaying, he never does. While explorative, his playing is restrained and selective" -- Steve Cerra (www.jazzprofiles.blogspot.com)

“With thrilling solos by saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff and guitarist Ricardo Pinheiro, as well as feature work throughout the concert by flugelhornist Tim Hagans, Rathbun and The Atwood Suites were easily the crown jewel of the festival’s final five nights” -- Michael West (Downbeat Magazine)

"Pinheiro’s groove is contagious. His ability to stretch bars or leave turnarounds be seems in-built" -- François Van de Linde (Flophouse Magazine)

"Pinheiro provides beautiful variations of the melody on the high guitar strings, displaying a sonority that is like vintage wine from the Portuguese midlands"

"Pinheiro’s playing also evokes the exciting synthesis between hard bop, cool, and Brazilian music that emerged in the 1960s under the influence of Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd"  --  Victor L. Schermer (www.allaboutjazz.com)

 

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