The best guitarist Ive heard in years. He has overcome the technical limitations of the instrument, and his music comes unhindered from his soul, straight to the hearts of we who admire him.
Paco de Lucia
Raphael Rabello was simply one of the greatest guitarists who has ever lived. His level of insight into the potential of the instrument was matched only by the great Paco de Lucia. He was the Brazilian guitarist of our time, in my opinion. His loss at such a young age is an incredible loss, not only for what he already did, but for what he could have done.
He has a stunning technique and plays with a fiery passion matched only by Paco de Lucia and Baden Powell. Raphael Rabello stands poised to make an international contribution to the guitar comparable to that of his friend Paco de Lucia. He has already synthesized elements of flamencoboth harmonically and in terms of idiomatic techniquesinto his own unique style. His guitar arrangements are extremely original and he performs with a fluidity that one rarely hears.
Brian Hodel, Guitar Review Magazine
One of the guitar worlds brightest flames no longer burns. Though not widely known outside of his native Brazil, Raphael Rabello, who died recently at the age of 32, was considered the premier guitarist of his generation in that country. The fire that coursed through every note, along with a jaw-dropping virtuosity and imaginative harmonic sense, made him to Brazilian music what Paco de Lucia is to flamenco music.
Scott Nygaard, Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Raphael was a very close friend. When I met him, I was impressed with his talent. I was astonished by his genius.
&this is one of the finer Brazilian guitar players Ive ever heard.
Lee Ritenour, JazzTimes Magazine
He was born to play the guitar. Radamés Gnattali
He had no limitations&Technique, speed, good harmonic taste, a complete artist.
Dino Sete Cordas (Horondino Silva)
There are people who live beyond their chronological time. He was a genius in what he chose to do: to keep the tradition of the Brazilian guitar alive. He reinvented the way samba is played on guitar.
He represented the great tradition of the Brazilian guitar along with names like Dilermando Reis, João Pernambuco, Baden Powell, and Garoto.
He was one of the greatest musicians that I ever met. It seems that he was born to play the guitar. He was an artist at birth, not a product of study.
Paulo Sergio Santos
If the acoustic guitar has once again established itself as the leading instrumental voice of modern Brazilian music, much of the credit can be given to Raphael Rabello&
Mark Holston, Guitar Player Magazine
He was an amazing guitar player. I never saw his equal, he was unique.
&one of Brazils greatest guitarists, a musician of great creativity, with a profound sense of harmony, a big heart, and above all, a great friend.
Paco de Lucia
To play with Raphael was a big inspiration for my music. To listen to his playing will always be a beautiful learning experience for me.
He was a prodigy, talented and fragile. He was the Mozart of choro.
Raphael managed to free the choro from its seriousness with his extroverted style of playing. Because of this, the choro attained a universal quality.
Raphael Rabello was one of the most notorious guitar players of all time. His approach was very expressive and confident, with moving interpretations and exuberant technique. His contribution was essential, leaving one of the richest and most remarkable pages in the history of the Brazilian guitar.
This is the missing CD among Raphael Rabellos scarce discography. Its like a dream come true to see this CD accomplishedone of the best solo guitar albums I have listened to. Congratulations Dean Kamei for giving such an important contribution to the Brazilian guitar.
Raphael was a brilliant guitarist, intensely emotional as a soloist, while possessing unique accompaniment skills.
With the death of Raphael we lost more than the incredible guitar player he was. With all his technique, his tone quality and his bravura performances he was still a young talentlearning and assimilating all the music that surrounded him. I wish we could witness what time would have brought to an artist who was growing and maturing so much beyond his young years. A great loss for us and the guitar world.