||Some Other Things CD (2006) |
Dave Askren discography 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 and, although there are spots where the music seems a bit dry, these performances have their charm. While "Some Other Things" is based a bit on "All the Things You Are" and "More or Less" is a stretched-out blues (18 rather than 12 bars), the other pieces are all quite original and tricky. Askren on guitar and Jeff Benedict on tenor and soprano play at their best while bassist Mike Flick and drummer Jon Nathan are stimulating in support. This music will grow on listeners. ~ Scott Yanow
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
Other recent releases- "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.
Author: Dave Askren.
Personnel: Dave Askren (guitar); Dave Askren; Mike Flick (bass instrument); Jon Nathan, Jon Nathan (drums); Jeff Benedict (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone).
Recording information: DaWay Studio, Monrovia, CA (11/2004-04/2005).