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Some Other Things

by Dave Askren

Guitar and saxophone based modern jazz
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. P.M.
5:26 $0.99
2. Tres Chic
6:45 $0.99
3. Translucent
6:33 $0.99
4. Harry Haller
8:34 $0.99
5. Some Other Things
7:15 $0.99
6. More Or Less
8:44 $0.99
7. The Song Is You
7:36 $0.99
8. Dit Dat
10:42 $0.99
9. Ella's Dance
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The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings 2008 calls Dave Askren "a lively composer who hasn't yet made the deserved impact." and gives “Some Other Things” it’s highest rating of 4-stars.

jeff benedict, mike flick, jon nathan

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"Trio Nuevo +" - DaWayMusic DW-0020
"Rhubumba" featured guitarist - Sea Breeze Jazz SB-3067
"Re Bill Evans" - String Jazz SJRCD-1029

Los Angeles based guitarist Dave Askren has performed with a wide variety of artists including Bobby Shew, Sal Cracciolo, David King and Reid Anderson ("The Bad Plus") Bob Moses, Antonio Hart, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hendrik Muerkins, Stuart Hamm, Gray Sargent, Kevin Eubanks, Gary Foster, Tony Rizzi's "Wire Choir" with Pete Christlieb, Mike Vax, Jimmy Branly, as well as pop artists including Marilyn McCoo, Latoya Jackson, Linda Hopkins, Little Anthony, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, The Marvelletes, The Diamonds, Brenton Wood, and the L.A. Raiders Band.

Dave Askren began playing music at a young age. He grew up in a musical household, with a piano teacher/church organist mother. He began piano lessons at an early age and played clarinet and saxophone, but discovered the guitar as a teenager. Dave was playing blues, rock and R&B professionally by age 15, but credits guitarists George Benson and Pat Martino, who he saw at a local club in Ohio, with really turning him on to the jazz guitar. He soon moved to Boston, where he attended Berklee College of Music and also studied privately with noted musicians such as saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, pianist Charlie Banacos, guitarist Mick Goodrick and drummers Bob Moses and Bob Gullotti. After Graduation, Dave joined the faculty at Berklee as a guitar instructor and stayed in Boston for several years, teaching and performing up and down the East Coast before moving to Los Angeles, his current home base.



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The final result can only be described as - hip and cool.
It's been a long time since this reviewer can remember when he last heard "smart jazz." The type of music that makes you sit up, adjust your head and really listen carefully to what's being played and how the musicians are interacting. So subtle and idiosyncratic, yet so fresh and charming, Los Angeles guitarist Dave Askren's Some Other Things is full of oddly attractive music and musicians who are obviously not in it for a check. The final result can only be described as dictionarily defined - hip and cool...
The solos from Askren and saxophonist Jeff Benedict are witty, thoughtful, yet so of the moment you can feel the tension build and release as motivic constructs fight to coalesce into beautiful statements.

Penguin Guide

Very fine: an outstanding record that yields consistent pleasure...
An earlier disc paid tribute to Bill Evans, but this one is more about line, bounce and energy. The throwaway title is misleading. These are carefully thought-out tracks, designed as ensemble pieces rather than merely blowing heads and, on 'More Or Less' and 'Harry Haller', Askren and his men deliver a powerful sting, technically astute and emotionally satisfying.

Cadence Magazine

"a cheerful and bright model of improvisation..."
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.
Askren’s lines are consistently unpredictable and free of obvious guitaristic cliché, while sax player Jeff Benedict is an apt foil injecting as he does smooth and sensuous counterpoint. Bassist Mike Flick and drummer Jon Nathan are more than capable, especially the latter who knows just how to kick up the excitement quotient without ever drowning out the leader’s voice.
For anyone with a soft spot for the Gary Burton groups of yore, as well as some of the things Joey Baron and Bill Frisell have collaborated on, Askren’s latest will likely prove engaging and rewarding.

Ric Bang/Enterprise jazz critic

"A fascinating rhythmic potpourri."
This is an excellent CD. The arrangements, and all the quartet members, are outstanding ... another gem from Sea Breeze.

Jim Santella - All About Jazz

Askren’s guitar voice combines a smooth texture with fluid technique
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.

Scott Yanow - AMG allmusic

This music will grow on listeners.
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...