''a mature player with keen sense of composition,
considerable technical skill...''
John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine
''Guitarist Nobuki Takamen has taken his Gibson around the world... and made his name in jazz with range from pensive to passionate!’’
the Montreal Jazz Festival
''Takamen has a consistently mellow tone and a style that ranges from relaxed to fiery.''
Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
''... prodigious technique... lyrical melodies akin to James Taylor's, which sink into the mind, inviting subconscious lyric-writing from even the most casual listen.''
Dave Major, AllAboutJazz
''Takamen continues his seamless merging of lyrically-resplendent compositions, with peppery, in-the-pocket grooves.''
Glenn Astarita, JazzReview.com