Dave Askren


Audiophile Review

"Fresh and exciting, a really good listen. The CD grooves through bebop, to swing, to funk to very soft and mellow."

CD grooves through bebop, to swing, to funk to very soft and mellow. - See more at: http://audiophilereview.com/audiophile-music/new-music-for-septembber-5th.html#sthash.NZdtQrQZ.dpuf
CD grooves through bebop, to swing, to funk to very soft and mellow. - See more at: http://audiophilereview.com/audiophile-music/new-music-for-septembber-5th.html#sthash.NZdtQrQZ.dpuf

All About Jazz

"Askren's blending of funk and jazz was eloquently achieved, with creative arrangements of standards and well-conceived originals."

Jazz Times

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."

FAME reviews

"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..."

Midwest Record

"This jazz duo has it going on and you should check them out..."


 5 Stars  "Nostalgia and much more - in a new voice"

Beyond Sound and Space - an ECM Records resource

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 +

Latin Jazz Corner

5 Latin Jazz Guitarists Making A Contribution To The Scene

10 Latin Jazz Perspectives of John Coltrane

"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."

Cadence Magazine

...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."

L.A. Jazz Scene

"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.


The players certainly seemed to be having a blast, and their joy is infectious... the whole band is tight & will wrap you in after only a couple of bars... I rate this one HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

The Latin Jazz Corner

Dave Askren validates the guitar's placement at the front of a Latin Jazz trio with "Trio Nuevo + ", a strong set of music that tackles both the strength of Cuban rhythms and the depth of jazz harmony....

All About Jazz

Guitarist Dave Askren leads a stellar quartet on "Some Other Things" through a program of modern mainstream jazz originals and one standard. The leader's guitar speaks with clarion authority and a fresh attack that remains loose and confident. His sound takes hold and drives this enjoyable, personable session.

AMG allmusic guide

Guitarist Dave Askren writes complex originals, quirky pieces that often have unusual structures. The quartet on Some Other Things plays Askren's compositions with expertise...This music will grow on listeners.

Cadence Magazine

There's something instantly appealing about his unadorned and clean guitar tone, not to mention a set of compositions that are tuneful, challenging and smart...a quartet with the talent and group empathy to transform what might, in lesser hands, sound like an intellectual experiment, instead of the cheerful and bright model of improvisation that it is...

All About Jazz

One of the fresh surprises of this album (Rhubumba) is guitarist Dave Askren's lyrically flowing bop-flavored guitar lines, which hark back to Wes Montgomery and Grant Green.

Jazz Now

The memory lingers on, and the cult of Bill Evans is again given posthumous expression. The result is a triumph. This is not merely a selection of tunes performed by the famous Evans trios - the nuance, the feel, the entire "Evansness" of this tribute has been captured...


"Re: Bill Evans" is the kind of tribute album that is deserving of its own high regard... That guitarist Dave Askren was willing to tackle the challenge (of Bill Evans piano trio arrangements) is worthy of a tip of the hat. That he succeeds so admirably is worthy of wild applause.