What they're saying about MURL
Stories of Lucile
“Mr. Everything, Murl Allen Sanders. For those of you who don’t know Murl, he is the consummate accordion entertainer. He plays “everything”. His repertoire includes classical, jazz, Cajun, pop, show tunes and everything in between. He is a fine vocalist and adds variety to his act with his harmonica. … his newest album ‘Stories of Lucile’… simply beautiful. This album is the very definition of smooth jazz.”
—Griff Ziegler, Squeezin’ and Pleezin Newsletter, January 2013
"Great CD. It covers a lot of ground and helps me remember that there are things you can do on accordion that you can't do on any other instrument. Bravo and you can quote me!"
—Nick Gefroh, host at KMHD 89.1 FM and KBOO 90.7
No. 2, World Premiere, March 18, 2007:
“A wonderful piece.”
editor, MSN Classical Piano Journal
“It was well received with a standing ovation from an audience normally
accustomed to classical orchestral music. I thought it was passionately
Northwest Accordion Society, advisory board
“WOW! …really a fantastic experience … Murl at his best! …Orchestra
Seattle playing with the accordion filled in to create a special kind
Bard, Northwest Accordion Society, advisory board
“I was awed. I appreciated the music and orchestration… May
Murl's creative music and playing and that of other American classical
accordionists lead to a greater recognition of the accordion as a classical
concert instrument in this country.”
Northwest Accordion Society, magazine contributor
Milwaukee Accordion Club 2007:
“…the audience was eager to hear Murl Allen Sanders in concert.
He didn't disappoint…and produced an evening of creative, engaging music
that defies easy labeling. To use the term eclectic to describe
his program is truly an understatement. This is probably one of
the most varied programs I can recall being held at the Milwaukee Accordion
Club and was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Thanks,
Murl, for a unique program!”
president, Milwaukee Accordion Club.
Arizona Accordion Club 2007:
“Murl does it all, he is a complete entertainer and immensely talented.
His accordion playing is top notch and the way he chords to his singing
is special. Murl delivers his singing just right for the piece he
—Al Monti, president,
Arizona Accordion Club
The Seattle Times:
"One of the Northwest's top jazz musicians"
—Critics Choice 1991
"Sanders is a singer, songwriter, accordionist, pianist and creative
musical personality... this is music that will make you unwind and smile."
"Sanders displays his versatility on a 12-song album, 'SOON'..."
" SOON (Murl's first CD) is a sampler of what Murl does... nicely
paced between the styles." "Sanders shows he knows the repertoire.."
"...vibrant pop jazz..."
"Sunday's delight was the unique accordion and keyboards of Murl
"His jazz accordion is outstanding and his piano chops very accurate,
warm...At the same time he is a fine composer and jazz stylist..."
Northwest Accordion News:
"Overall, the entire concerto (MURL ALLEN SANDERS ACCORDION CONCERTO
#1) is impressive...Murl's work on the concerto is quite remarkable."
Marjorie Dick Rombauer 2003
"Murl played magnificently as the accordion soloist, and his concerto
was very well received...the orchestration was very impressive..."
Shirlee Holmes 2003
"Murl Allen Sanders' Trio dazzled the audience with his unique
accordion style and energy... a mix of zydeco, blues and jazz..."
Doris Osgood 1997
"Sanders, a multi-instrumentalist with Seattle's largest glam-rock
hairdo picks up the tune on the grand piano... Sanders, whose fast fingers
and bright voicings pull the assembly further into the groove."
Chicago Accordion Club:
"Murl Allen Sanders gave the Chicago Accordion Club a performance
that will long be remembered. Murl is a gifted artist, performer and showman.
Murl is a wonderful entertainer who possesses a truly unique talent..."
Lenny Leto 2003
About New Romance and Doin' Alright:
"It's like an old friend... makes you feel good."
Martin Lund, MLM records, Los Angeles