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Saxophone Journal Vol. 34/No 3 (Jan/Feb 2010): "James Romain is a superb performer on saxophone with a bright, clear, and resonant sound that is not often heard. His articulation is crisp and uncluttered with every single note occupying its own space in time. His use of vibrato is excellent, while always remaining an enhancement to the sound, rather than trying to dominate the sound. His fingers are amazingly quick with blinding precision. His interpretive skills are the equal of his saxophone technique, giving the listener a rare treat of a consummate performer. Every aspect of his playing is to be greatly applauded." (Reviewed by Paul Wagner)
Saxophone Symposium 2009: "In Friendship is a terrifically played collection of some of the saxophones most important compositions and a must-have for classical saxophonists." (Reviewed by Steve Stusek)
American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2008: "Both performers are excellent, winding their way through very difficult repertoire with great ease. Romain appears to be in complete control; his sound is beautifully sculpted and his technique is effortless. He is particularly skillful in the a cappella selections--Noda's Mai and Stockhausen's In Friendship—where he jumps between registers without thought or trepidation. He also brings a wide dynamic range and appropriate phrasing to each piece; the Noda is often shocking on the ears, as it should be, and the Desenclos Prelude, Cadence et Finale and the Bonneau Caprice en Forme de Valse are rendered with perfect French grace and whimsy." HANUDEL