0 Flares 0 Flares ×


DownBeat Review 10-14Pra Você is a delight from start to finish. The sound of Payne’s group, with clarinet, accordion, piano, guitar and drums-percussion (but no bass), is light and unique…”               –  Scott Yanow DownBeat Oct 14  ★★★★ (4 stars)

“Congratulations!” – Nelson Faria

“quietly brilliant… uniquely beautiful blend of Brazilian, jazz (especially New Orleans), African and other instrumental musical styles”    – Chris Slawecki, All About Jazz May 14

“It’s like a fever when you start listening to this album — the way summer gets in the brain.” -Erika Frederickson (Missoula Independent) March 14

“Pra Você is proof that Brazilian music can flourish in the most unlikely places… everyone, gringos included, plays splendidly here…. Quite the refreshing disc”    – Tom McDermott, OffBeat Magazine May 14


“Dexter Payne’s Beautiful Brazilian Music CD Has a Great Backstory: …Pra Vocè (“For You”), delights listeners … all you have to do is listen… Watch Dexter Payne talking about the bad-ass nature of beauty.”                                 – Sharon Glassman, Huffington Post June 14


“Have you ever … felt like nature was a cathedral and you were seated in its front row? Another Feeling sounds just like that: completely, naturally, immaculate and beautiful. Dexter Payne on clarinet and alto saxophone creates this Feeling with writer/arranger Thiago de Mello. ”                 – Editor Chris M. Slawecki, AllAboutJazz.com Jan 07


“… bossa nova with winning subtlety, fitting together like pieces of an intricate, intimate puzzle… finally, a virtuoso musician who really hears the Brazilian whispers, and not just the carnival clamor.”                                   – Andy Smetanka, Missoula Independent June 04


“Payne makes the challenging appear effortless on “Inspiration” (Dexofon Records). Relaxing and intellectual at the same time, “Inspiration” might remind American ears of the classic Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd collaboration, “Jazz Samba.””         – Bret Saunders, Denver Post Feb 05


“if he shows up in your town, go see this master alto sax player, sometimes airily reminiscent of Desmond, or Shank, but [with] more humanity, more earth, more fire. This is a very accomplished musician… and well worth driving a hundred miles or more to hear.”                     – Jon Jackson, Big Sky Journal