"Fresh and exciting, a really good listen. The CD grooves through bebop, to swing, to funk to very soft and mellow."
All About Jazz
"Askren's blending of funk and jazz was eloquently achieved, with creative arrangements of standards and well-conceived originals."
Askren and Benedict have eloquently achieved the intended goal of a “groove” album, which grooves through many styles, once again showing that groove is in the heart. A very enjoyable listen throughout.
I give Dave, Jeff & the rest of the crew my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98...
bebop spoken here
"It's All About The Groove is a delicious mix of standards and originals...a disc that should be on everyone's playlist."
"The Groove is based in a straight-ahead matrix but takes many liberties and even starts getting briefly fusiony in places... but, really, this is the sort of music you'd have headed to Soho or Greenwich Village to hear"
"It's All about the Groove flows seamlessly from one track to the next resounding of ageless smooth swing creating a genesis of classic and modern jazz..."
"This jazz duo has it going on and you should check them out..."
5 Stars "Nostalgia and much more - in a new voice"
From bebop to swing to funk, the synergy between the two leaders and the band as a whole remains consistent at every turn...
"The Great Jazz Guitarists"
"All of this taught me how to groove with a rhythm section, which applies to jazz as well..."
The 2008 Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings
Four - Star rating - "A lively composer, who hasn't yet made the deserved impact."
"Notable jazz albums of 2008" - Trio Nuevo +
5 Latin Jazz Guitarists Making A Contribution To The Scene
"Trio Nuevo +" is in good company on the "10 Latin Jazz Perspectives of John Coltrane" list!
"Askren dances across his strings with both power and grace, straddling the line between straight ahead jazz and Latin fearlessly. Intelligent, creative and masterful, "Trio Nuevo+" is highly recommended."
...And in general, the band's limber, playing with a kind of reserve and intimacy without sacrificing good energy and momentum. Pleasant stuff, with its own character.
The Davis Enterprise
"...this release hooked me - a fun and intriguing album, and everything swings nicely."
"The result is very likable, quite musical, and difficult to resist."
"Trio Nuevo +" is a masterpiece of a recording that jazz guitarist Dave Askren and his new trio of Latin jazz players, can be more than proud of. This is indeed a gem of an album that critics will praise and jazz audiences will love.
Dave Askren validates the guitarâ€™s placement at the front of a Latin Jazz trio with â€œTrio Nuevo + ", a strong set of music that tackles both the strength of Cuban rhythms and the depth of jazz harmony.... full article at website