"A charming genius! One of my all time favourite performers." (Martin Stephenson - One of Britains best songwriters and Indie legend).
“An extraordinary talent! A fantastic sense of humour, a great, great player and a great performer”. (Frank Hennessy - BBC Wales).
“Roberto Cassani’s blending of his native Lombardy dialect, his jazz background and many of the traditions of Scottish folk music provide the bedrock for his album “Ansema we stand”. It works tremendously effectively. It emphasises the depth of both traditions: their roots in simplicity and improvisation. What holds the collection together is its confidence: from exuberant joy to gentle ballads, held together by lilting double bass. Final track “An Basi’” sets Cassani’s translation of Burns to a spare double bass, bringing the synthesis of Lombardia and Scotland beautifully together”. (Peter Tomkins - RnR magazine).
“Cassani’s debut is an entrancing journey between his Lombardy origins and Scottish traditional music. A charming album of genuine and excellent musicianship”. (Ciro de Rosa - Songlines).
”Ansema we stand is a sensational album and Roberto’s an incredible life in music. Undoubtedly one of the best records of 2021” (Alistair Braidwood - Scots Whay Hae).
“Roberto Cassani has put together an intriguing album that fuses the language of Lombardy with the music of Scotland. The result is a riveting, highly entertaining listen, expertly played and bursting with a humour that shines through one of the most impenetrable language barriers that you’re ever likely to come across. A fabulously entertaining album, Roberto has managed to achieve this cultural breakthrough in a respectful and honest way that conveys the musicality and humour of his native tongue. “Ansema we stand” is stunning, and unlike anything else I’ve ever heard” (John Barlass - At the Barrier).
“One of this year’s big surprises, Roberto Cassani has released a debut album of powerful songs and instrumentals, rich arrangements and touching lyrics, supported by six of the best Scottish Musicians. This recording is irresistible. My favourite thing about this exquisite Scottish-Italian collaboration is its representation of one of Europe’s most enduring linguistic curiosities: the Rivoltano dialect, preserved for centuries by local culture - which is where, after all, our richest treasures are to be found”. (Alex Monaghan - FolkWorld).
”A brilliant musician with a wonderful sense of humour (Bruce Macgregor - BBC Scotland Travelling Folk).
”Roberto Cassani has created his very own musical niche... A work of art... You may call it ‘folk’ or ‘world’ music, but either way it’s beautifully delivered. The music on this album will live long after the pandemic is history” (John Reed - Fatea Magazine).
“Double bassist Roberto Cassani, aside from being spectacularly funny on stage and a fine musician, here delivers a honest ode to life and love. Bravely personal and at times quite affecting” (Paul Kerr - Blabber n Smoke).
“This song and melody were born in Roberto's heart. It is a powerful song of love which we feel within his fine playing. A very moving performance and I love it." (Danny Thompson - legendary double bassist and bona fide UK music titan).
“If he wasn’t amongst us already, somebody would have to invent Roberto Cassani, he’s such a blast of fresh air in a , self-regarding world.” (John Davy - Music News).
“An album that lifts the spirits and makes the world seem a better place” (Bluesbunny Music Reviews)
”Wonderful. Highly original and great musicianship without being too flash. A unique sound. Very special”. (Roger Williams - A world of difference on Blues and Roots Radio).
“High-class musicianship... I found myself just relishing the feel of the sun and vineyards and the mood of the Mediterranean created by these distinctive melodies. This is a musical experience that will repay a little patience with huge pleasure.” (Philip Thomas - Folk Radio UK).