Reviewer: Dirty Linen Magazine, Lahri Bond
"Armed with superb technique, fluid dexterity, and exquisite tone, [Laval's] Shades of Green is a tour de force showcase for his strong and subtle bowing techniques, his passionate attack on dance tunes from Brittany (“Danse Rustique”), and the fiery Irish reels as found on the set “A Long Journey Home.” Even on such a well-worn classic as “The Butterfly,” he brings a purity of tone that is unparalleled. Toward the middle of the album, Laval demonstrates a flair for composition on the stirring slow air “Just Before Daybreak,” which makes one long for more Laval originals."
Reviewer: Sing Out! Magazine, R. Wier
“Just Before Daybreak” is a gorgeous air that is quiet, ethereal and slides perfectly into the Breton tunes that follow. He hits several notes that are so high and so pure that one can only gasp in admiration. Laval prefers to fill the spaces...by holding the notes through his command of long bowing techniques rather than trying to dazzle with high-speed artifice. This is a rare album that is subtle and energetic at the same time. Why the record companies aren’t all over this is a mystery."
Reviewer: Greg Clarke
"I found this music moving and playful, imaginative and passionate, with some interesting twists and turns...Rich tone, dynamic phrasing, subtle percussive highlights, a touch of mischeif, and a great deal of tasteful, solid musicianship. Great!!"