"It is not often that you come across pure musical genius. But a few do exist.Victor Prieto is a musician’s musician; he is a composer, a veritable master of melody and harmony, and rhythm. In other words, he is made completely of music. In a word his performance is ‘supernatural’, meaning that in the normal natural realm it’s hard to imagine anyone playing an accordion as he does..
World Music Report
"DownBeat Magazine: He’s the poster boy for DownBeat’s “Beyond” category, a musician used to doing things his way. Victor Prieto, an unfailingly mesmerizing accordionist from Ourense - Spain, has always been comfortable working in the fringe genres of jazz. At Berklee, he graduated with a degree in accordion studies—the only student in the school’s history to do so."
"Victor Prieto is a neo-classical, neo-jazz, neo-trad voice also taking the instrument and its possibilities into the future. One hears the time-honored ways, not just latino staples but very evident influences of Ellington and others s well, the best of modern cross-contextualizations, and then the Kenton/Braxton/Coleman wont to cast a far net to capture eras that haven’t even been thought of yet."
"Victor Prieto Trio performance, Perhaps the wildest ride you can take with the accordion in modern times, this set is a total mind blower that you don't have to be locked into jazz/world to fully enjoy. Wonderful, wild stuff throughout".......Chris Spector - Midwest Record
"Now here's a killer multi-culti mash up you wouldn't expect. Prieto is an accordion player who has the energy and fire to have started a power trio if he wanted to. Keeping true to his Spanish roots but mixing in things he's picked up from his travels, Prieto sounds like Piazzolla on speed. A lot of people pay lip service these days to liking Piazzolla without actually listening to him any more. Prieto has the oomph to impress on his own and also send listeners to You Tube to brush up. Perhaps the wildest ride you can take with the accordion in modern times, this set is a total mind blower that you don't have to be locked into jazz/world to fully enjoy. Wonderful, wild stuff throughout."
Chris Spector - Midwest Record
"Prieto plays accordion the way Toots Thielmans plays harmonica or Dino Saluzzi plays bandoneon. He transcends the instrument and just plays music. The key features of Prieto's music are lyricism and drama. He writes fine, memorable melodies, then works with the band to create tracks with a very clear dramatic arch, sometimes more than one, engaging and carrying the listener forward... He tells stories and paints pictures with music."
All About Jazz By Budd Kopman
"Chances are you have never heard the accordion played the way Victor Prieto plays it"
All About Jazz by Martin Gladu
"There are some jazz musicians who always get classified in the "beyond" categories in the magazine polls. They are usually musicians that are in such a unique area of music that there are few peers to make a single category for their respective instrumental talent and focus (i.e. musicians like Gregoire Maret, Dino Saluzzi, Steven Bernstein, etc.) Victor Prieto can easily be added to the list"
Jazz Improv Magazine By Dan Bilawsky