Fan Reviews

Throughout his career, Lazo has received great feedback about his performances and recordings. He enjoys hearing and reading what the lovers of his reggae music have to say. Check out some of the Lazo fan reviews below:

"Temperature Rising"

An early look at July music festivals promises hot times

By: James Reaney, the London Free Press
Last Updated: February 18 2010, 10:48 a.m.

"Canadian wordmaster Buck 65 is coming. So are the rocking Wilson sisters of Heart. Ivory Coast star Dobet Gnahore is coming back.

So are Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, who may not have played London in decades.

Among the other stars of summer is Bruce Cockburn, who is making what's being billed as his Home County Folk Festival debut. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Lazo are part of other July outdoor music festivals in downtown London.

Based on the early lineups for the four festivals detailed here, July 2010 will be hot.

TD Canada Trust Sunfest brings Gnahore, a dominating force as a singer, anti-war songwriter and dancer at its 2008 edition, back to Victoria Park. German jazz harmonica wizard Meurkens played Sunfest in 2007 and a Sunfest Aeolian Hall event last year. Once again, the world beat festival brings performers to London who have never played here and would not if Sunfest did not exist to make them welcome.

"One of the highlights will be this amazing group from Haiti, Orchestre Septentrional D'haiti," says Sunfest artistic director Alfredo Caxaj. "It's almost like the Buena Vista Social Club of Haiti."

The ensemble's members survived the earthquake and its aftermath that have devastated Haiti and will continue to perform. Like Quebec's exceptional roots and traditional folk group le Vent du Nord, who are back from previous Sunfests, the Haitians' presence confirms Sunfest's continuing commitment — so welcome in London — to the francophonie.

The free four-day celebration of world music, culture and dance holds its 16th edition from July 8-11.

Canadian-tied acts in Sunfest 2010 include Toronto's Mr. Something Something with its unique blend of Afrobeat, jazz and pop and Toronto pianist Andy Milne's Dapp Theory, which draws from such jazz masters as Thelonious Monk.

Of course, it wouldn't be Sunfest, or July in downtown London, without Lazo. The Toronto reggae icon will be back for his 15th Sunfest. "Lazo is coming back with a new CD and with a song dedicated to Sunfest," Caxaj says.

The weekend following Sunfest brings two more outdoor music fests to downtown London, both on July 16-July 18. Home County Folk Festival at Victoria Park is free. BluesFest London, which requires tickets, is back at its usual temporary concert venue on a parking lot at Clarence and King in downtown London."

Great Show Review

"Hello Lazo,

I just wanted to say as a lifelong Bob Marley fan, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see the Legends show at the Oakville Centre as I wasn't able to see him live as I'm only 26yrs old but to see you really capture the vibe and sound of the legend himself was incredible. Every aspect was great from the incredible guitar solos to the beautiful back up singers.

I have heard 101 Marley covers and I felt not only did you capture the sound but also the mannerisms of Bob you exude the love you have for him and his music.

I'm sure you get a lot of positive feed back as the entire audience loved the show but I was compelled to share how the show affected me and I would hope to see you perform again if not as Marley then as Lazo (Canada's Best Reggae Artist)

Phill M."

Irie Up Review

By: Norman Darwen, Writer for Irie Up

"Canada-based Lazo has been a fixture on the international reggae scene since the early nineties, when RAS Records released two well-received albums by this Dominican singer and multi-instrumentalist. Since then he has built an impressive body of work, and he recently toured with The Wailers, delighting Bob Marley's fans - and reggae lovers in general - with his obvious commitment. However, he left, having felt the need to concentrate on his own works, and "Passin Thru", his seventh CD, whilst bearing faint traces of Brother Bob, justifies his decision. This is a very impressive set of mostly original roots reggae compositions, dealing with serious times, pleasure and pain, beautifully sung, melodic and memorable, with a couple of lover's tracks that are equally noteworthy - there is some excellent use of saxophone and flute too. The result is truly uplifting music, and recommended, of course."