"David Occhipinti has created an absolute gem [Camera]. His writing is unique, his playing is completely original and stunning. I just wanted to keep listening
His music is an absolute work of art!"
"I've been listening to your [Camera] CD quite a bit and really love it. Very strong, original writing. I hope it receives the attention it deserves!"
- Ben Monder
"Frank Zappa meets Stravinsky...a master composer and performer. I thoroughly enjoyed playing his music!"
- Beverley Johnston (played marimba on Camera)
"Beautiful work... Lyrical, challenging, and intelligent"
- Mike Murley (Saxophonist)
"When you listen to David Occhipinti’s chamber ensemble, Camera, you’re in a landscape that’s unfamiliar but refreshing. The Toronto-based guitarist and composer folds together jazz and classical idioms to create music that’s both virtuosic and evocative."
"A guitarist with a unique style that blends influences from jazz to pop to contemporary classical music. He is a wonderful accompanist with an excellent sense of time, space and texture. I love all the sounds that David produces on the guitar."
- Mike Murley (from a magazine article)
Im working with a great guitar player here named David Occhipinti. We have a quartet with Andrew Downing and Mike Murley who plays tenor.
Its one of those groups where David writes in odd time signatures. He writes very fluently and fluidly in all genres but hes kind of carved out his own niche and carved out his own sound. His music really challenges me in a way that I havent been challenged as far as exploring time signatures and different kind of moods. Its the type of music that doesnt have any precedent so the four of us really create a sound that isnt jazz, it isnt classical, it isnt folk, its just really good music.
-drummer Terry Clarke (in an interview with Renee Rosnes for CBC radio)
(Forty Revolutions...)"Occhipinti's rare achievement is to say something new and moving in an idiom that could be considered exhausted, while also demonstrating that jazz played softly can have a mighty impact."
"The fourth album of original music from guitarist Occhipinti, who toured its suave, sophisticated music throughout Canada this past October, will surely make a number of 2007's top ten lists. It's a meticulous tapestry of tonal nuance and understated passion. A glowing, seven-tune album that should grace any guitar lover's rack - any jazz lover's rack in fact." -Geoff Chapman Coda Magazine
"Excellent chamber jazz from some of Canada's best conceptualists."
"...it's the work of a mature artist with compelling, longer tunes, full of atmosphere and gradually evolving melodies."
"(Intersection)...It's definitely music for today, streamlined yet atmospheric...a listener hears the rare but gratifying combination of lyricism and cutting edge music."
-Geoff Chapman THE TORONTO STAR
"Syzygy...a stylish, appealing follow-up to his self-titled debut CD of two years ago... contributes a delectable impressionist three-movement work for solo instrument entitled "Triptych". He's outstanding on "Ultimo Tango", "Manhattan" and "Id"."
-THE TORONTO STAR
"Syzygy has synergy"
"Toronto jazz man is the real thing...no flash in the pan"
(Debut...)"David Occhipinti probably couldn't ask for a better showcase than his eponymously titled debut ...a postmodern acoustic date that thrives on the guitarist's memorable, contemporary-sounding tunes...while recalling the impressionistic, delicate beauty of Occhipinti's hero, Jim Hall."
"...this exciting, intelligent, passionate (debut) CD that spans jazz and new music surely puts David Occhipinti in the top ranks of Toronto's massed guitar army"
-THE TORONTO STAR
"Guitarist David Occhipinti is a lyrical player whose work touches on deep emotional reserves..."
"satiny-toned guitarist...mood-evoking compositions ...this CD is a calling card Occhipinti can be proud of"
"Toronto guitarist impresses as a diligent, thoughtful composer with his debut disc."
"well crafted...inspired creativity...an excellent debut."
-THE JAZZ REPORT
live..."delicate touch, intelligent and relaxed, tasteful rhythmic displacement and thematic development...one of the best jazz performances in the last few months"
-L'ECO DI BERGAMO (Italy)