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Into the Dark

by The David Rubel Quartet

"Into the Dark is beautifully played, with outstanding musicianship and a very New Yorkish, au courant edge. David displays his superb tone, technical virtuosity, and maturity of ideas." -Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, jazz writer
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Into the Dark
David Rubel Quartet
6:27 $0.99
2. Perchance to Dream
David Rubel Quartet
7:39 $0.99
3. Validity
David Rubel Quartet
6:11 $0.99
4. Matthew
David Rubel Quartet
6:46 $0.99
5. Krypton
David Rubel Quartet
7:18 album only
6. Abandon All Hope
David Rubel Quartet
6:01 album only
7. Ever
David Rubel Quartet
8:58 album only
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Album Notes
Gifted and Innovative Saxophonist, Composer and Bandleader David Rubel Announces the Release of His Debut Recording, "Into the Dark", Featuring: David Rubel - saxophone, Winston Matsushita - piano, Malcolm Conner - bass, and Robin Claxton - drums.

"David has such a great sound! He knows the history of jazz, and he
can really swing. I know that he'll become one of the most successful saxophonists of his generation."

-Tim Ries, Educator/Composer and "Rolling Stones'" Saxophonist

"David stands out with overall strong and committed playing, uplifting the band with each solo and maintaining a flow and intensity through his lines. He is fully in control of the tunes and the band." -Chase Sanborn (

All of the music on Into the Dark was composed and arranged by David Rubel, and the recording was produced by noted producer/composer/trombonist, William Carn.

"I feel that this CD showcases the most interesting music that I've written thus far. The new recording is comprised of five new songs and two old ones (which are band favourites). Each of my compositions is based on a thought or theme in my life...something that I've spent a long time thinking about. In a sense, the song is the musical representation of the idea, and each tune is its own story, with its own individual plot. These compositions tend to be fairly visceral and cinematic - which may be why there has already been interest in this music from film-makers." -David Rubel

Into the Dark is beautifully played, with outstanding musicianship and a very New-Yorkish, au courant edge. The recording kicks off with the title track, a Donny McCaslin-inspired thriller, on which David displays his superb tone, technical virtuosity, and maturity of ideas - the same can easily be said of Winston, Malcolm and Robin. Next up is the sensual and lilting "Perchance to Dream", followed by the introspective and cool "Validity", which features a stunning piano solo by Winston and drum solo of boundless energy by Robin. The fourth track, "Matthew" is a gorgeous contemporary feature for the group, with outstanding arco sections by Malcolm Conner, a melodic and percussive piano solo by Winston and tasty, creative drumming by Robin. Closing out this evocative recording are Rubel's exceptional compositions: "Krypton", with its forward momentum; the melancholy and Dante-inspired "Abandon All Hope", brought to life by David's thoroughly luscious and melodic soprano saxophone; and the deeply moving closing track "Ever" featuring an epic tenor saxophone solo.

"Mr. Rubel possesses a unique gift as a creative improviser and contemporary composer. His scope, musicality, intellectual curiosity and self-directed commitment to the development of his artistic voice is very strong. At the moment, his musical gift is manifesting itself most in the music of Donny McCaslin, Kenny Wheeler and Joe Lovano, and he reminds me of the wonderful NYC saxophonist/composer, Quinsin Nachoff." -Brian Lillos (

Toronto-born Jazz saxophonist David Rubel ( is an alumnus of both the Humber College Contemporary Music Program and the University of Toronto Jazz Studies Program. His rich sound and versatile brand of Jazz has been featured in literally all of Toronto's major jazz venues from "The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar" and the legendary "Montreal Bistro", to "The Old Mill" and the new "Jazz Bistro". Rubel considers himself fortunate to have studied with jazz legends Pat LaBarbera ("The Buddy Rich Band") and jazz educator/composer/saxophonist (and multi-Juno winner) Mike Murley. David has toured throughout Europe, the United States and Canada, and has performed with Grammy and Juno winners such as Maria Schneider, Kurt Elling, Donny McCaslin, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Tim Ries, Mark Eisenman, Archie Alleyne and many others. David can be heard as a soloist and sideman on numerous Canadian recordings, and has also appeared in various short films and web series. David is thrilled to be releasing Into The Dark, his debut CD as a leader, for which he has been awarded Grants from The Ontario Arts Council and The Canadian Music Fund (FACTOR).



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