Jazz Times Magazine 2003 Critics Picks Top 50 Best Jazz Album
Growing up next door to a local cultural center... surely help to develop his loaded, technically superior, sharp and romantic pianism. —JazzTimes
It is not difficult to sort out Villafranca’s musicality, brute force, effervescence, topicality, virtuosic independence, patience, candor, and brazen delicacy… This recording is a welcome relief among both recent jazz and Latin jazz releases and it makes one wonders where Villafranca will go next. Wherever he goes, one must follow. —All About Jazz
Villafranca is at the level of his countrymen, Chucho Valdes and Gonzalo Rubalcaba..