"I’ve played this through many times and still have not unravelled all its complexities. It is immediately evident that Rich completely understands the fretless guitar and its possibilities. While you could label the music contemporary it by no means describes the album itself. Yes, the music is contemporary and “out there” but remains very understandable and very worth listening to, I guess you would say accessible to a wider audience. There are some nice blended sound effects and the later tracks on the album certainly push the boundaries. I really like the road trip this album takes, not afraid to startle the listener, or disregard the general rules and take off in an unexpected direction. If you want a glimpse into where contemporary music for fretless guitar is going, I really recommend this album, great listening, great music."
- Jahloon (editor of Unfretted)
Unfretted – Album Reviews. September 2015.
"The relationship between composition and improvisation in music has always been contentious, and seems to be a topic around which an inexhaustible debate continues to rage. Rich Perks' contribution wisely stays clear of reaching any conclusions, merely opting to use the increasing freedom of the musicians to improvise as a structural guide through these wide ranging pieces. What is most striking about this music is how it moves from the relatively conservative modal orientation of the first 4 tracks to the gestural sounds and colours of the last 2. 'Double Exposure' sits precariously between the two camps, and the 2nd take of 'ShadEs' provides a suitably recapitulative ending. This is a perilous musical journey to make in the space of one CD, but Rich's guitar holds it all together admirably amongst the range of excellent ensembles, proving perhaps that the personalities of the players involved are ultimately what form the workings of the music."
- Liam Noble (jazz pianist / improviser / composer)
Music Orbit - The Orbiter. October 2009.
"Some very nice playing, good sense of sound and some wonderful ideas."
- Jeff Reilly (CBC producer/ improviser/ composer)
"Very interesting and refreshingly devoid of cliches."
- Shaun Baxter (guitarist/ improviser/ educator)
"Fretless sounds excellent. Loving the glock - you can never have too much glock!"
- Mike Outram (guitarist/ improviser/ composer)