Check out Doug Moe's article about Louka in the WI State Journal:
- Cafe Central -Madrid, Spain
"If the local jazz scene were a major league baseball team, these guys would be your starting rotation. They're the go-to musicians who can always be counted on to deliver the highest-quality jazz, no matter what the situation or the style. Louka Patenaude, whose guitar licks help power the New Breed Quintet, is the ace, laying down grooves like a 90-mph fastball..."
- Isthmus Newspaper - Madison, WI, USA
"Patenaude is widely respected around town and considered to be on the A-list of jazz guitarists, as well being the guitarist for his new rock trio, the Optimistic....He's both a real talent and a humble gentleman."
"The songs are well-crafted, dynamic excusions into thinking-man's indie rock, featuring the unique chord progressions one would expect from a vituoso like Patenaude, but they're never overly demanding or distracting."
"Catch them live. You'll be glad you did."
- Rick's Cafe - Madison, WI USA
"Louka Patenaude is one of the most creative musicians I know. He has big ears and is a master of many grooves and sounds. In the end, he is thoroughly original, a great jazz man without relying on jazz to get there."
- Ben Sidran
"Best version of "On Wisconsin" I've ever heard." (LP along with Nick Moran and Frank Martinez)
- John Wiley - Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Madison
-Anonymous music fan