Four - Star rating in The 2008 Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings
dave askren / trio nuevo: Press
"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.
"...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 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.... full article at website
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.