Paradise Alley, The Guardian

Paradise Alley is closer to classical music than anything I’ve heard Pion do before, yet it’s informed by the generous spirit he displays as a sideman. There are echoes of Bartók in the skilful appropriation of folk dance rhythms, and hints of Bernard Herrmann’s more austere soundtracks for Hitchcock and Truffaut.
Paradise Alley, thanks to Pion’s gift for gorgeous sounds, is a soundtrack without pictures that is more than the sum of its parts.

**** John L Walters, The Guardian, 2009