“On Sunday night Gibson Bluegrass Showcase in Nashville rocked with the sounds of music performed by surprise guests like “living legend” Jack Greene, winner of the CMA award for male vocalist of the year in 1967…Other surprise guests included Chalee Tennison, James D. Hicks, John Phillips, Hilljack, Jan Howard, the incredible lead guitarist Rick Filer, and Don Ellis with his group, Savannah Jack.” http://www.prleap.com/pr/32453/
“Really fine jazz-fusion from guitarist-composer Val Lupescu and his V-loop Trio on their new CD, Kindred Souls. The album features all original songs by Lupescu, some bordering on the rock instrumental tip, but all beautifully played by Val, bassist Jorge Albuquerque and drummer Glenn Williams. “
Bob Weinberg, CITY LINK magazine.
“Much of the disc is very Chuck Mangione in its positive swinginess as with the buoyant “Pictures of You.” Spiky, spiraling guitar and unison runs cascade over a punchy and persuasive bass. “Flowers for Jenny” dances in with a bossa nova feel and there’s an intergalactic groove to the shimmering, cymbal-bathed “Summerland.” Guitarist Val Lupescu has a heart-breaking ear for melody that is on fine display in the melancholy wanderings of “Green,” which walks in a sort of classical jazz realm…”
Bing Futch, JAM Magazine, Florida’s Music Magazine #297, 03.23.00
“In a nutshell — this is a fine first offering for this relatively young and energetic jazz trio. Val Lupescu…plays solidly pleasing and at times exciting jazz guitar. His styles range through such greats as Wayne Johnson, Pat Metheny, Steve Khan, Andy Summers, with brief flashes of Carlos Santana and even Mike Stern. Eight songs are offered, ranging the jazz menu from upbeat, crunchy fusion to “your-table-is-ready” mellow lounge jazz. Musicianship is flawless throughout. All compositions are by Lupescu except for the notably outstanding track, “Green” by Albuquerque…”
John W. Patterson, AAJ Fusion/Progressive Editor All About Jazz.com