“A fabulously gifted pianist, composer and bandleader from Cuba….he has a gift for melody that outshines many peers, yet his virtuosity and invention mean he can hold his own at any jazz club in the World.”
"The man has soul"
-The Sunday Times
“incredible ensemble playing…formidable talent ”
“The stunning product embraces influences from Cuban folkloric to Santería, global pop, funk and jazz. …representing the next generation of Cuban music, Roberto Fonseca is emerging as a major voice”
“he confidently tempers his dazzling technique to the melodic demands of this new-school Cuban programme”
“an album that brims with fire and joy”
-Manchester Evening News
“quite phenomenal soloing skills…the imagination, rhythmic fire and structural clarity of the jazz , ethnic and classical styles that he embraces are deployed to create a personal musical statement of undeniable richness”
“The dapper 31-year-old Cuban has a prodigious melodic fluency, a way of feeling his way into a tune and wringing every drop of emotion from it that is heard to superb effect on this release”
“Light and dark, airy and stimulating with arrangements to die for, Zamazu is one of this year’s must-have releases”
“he has a muscular, percussive style , but he does lyrical and tender equally well on this eclectic selection”
-BBC Music magazine
“Surely one of the classiest world-jazz albums of the year”
“an elegant line and an unhurried feel for time and space….an often fabulous album”
-The Independent on Sunday
“his full-blooded improvising conjuring up echoes of Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner”
"a genre-busting tour de force.. the lyricism of his playing recalls Herbie Hancock but he can animate the courtly dramas of Cuban tradition... a joyous poignant offering"
“After paying his dues with the Buena Vista Social Club, the Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca made this great world-jazz album. He has a gift for melody, demonstrated in tracks such as Clandestino and El Niejo, plus a virtuosity that can hold its own on any jazz stage in the world”
-Guardian '1000 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die'