DAVE ASKREN

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Dave Askren has performed with a variety of jazz/latin jazz/instrumental artists, including Bob Moses, Antonio Hart, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hendrik Muerkins, Stuart Hamm, Bruce Arnold, Bobby Shew, "Rhubumba", Sal Cracciolo, Jimmy Branly, Joey DeLeon Jr, David King and Reid Anderson (The Bad Plus), Ben Schacter, Gray Sargent, Kevin Eubanks, Gary Foster, Tony Rizzi's "Wire Choir" with Pete Christlieb; Mike Vax, as well as commercial recording artists including Marilyn McCoo, Latoya Jackson, Linda Hopkins, Little Anthony, The Coasters, The Platters, The Diamonds, The Drifters, The Marvelletes, Brenton Wood, Dato Shake, Kenny Hamber...

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DAVE ASKREN Dave Askren Trio ‎: Re: Bill Evans album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dave Askren Trio ‎: Re: Bill Evans
Hard Bop 2002
DAVE ASKREN Some Other Things album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Some Other Things
Hard Bop 2006
DAVE ASKREN Trio Nuevo + album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio Nuevo +
Latin Jazz 2008
DAVE ASKREN It's All About the Groove (feat. Ramon Banda & John Belzaguy) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's All About the Groove (feat. Ramon Banda & John Belzaguy)
Soul Jazz 2013
DAVE ASKREN Dave Askren & Jeff Benedict With Joe Bagg, Paul Romaine ‎: Come Together album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dave Askren & Jeff Benedict With Joe Bagg, Paul Romaine ‎: Come Together
Soul Jazz 2017
DAVE ASKREN Dave Askren & Jeff Benedict Paraphernalia - Music Of Wayne Shorter album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Dave Askren & Jeff Benedict Paraphernalia - Music Of Wayne Shorter
Fusion 2020

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DAVE ASKREN Dave Askren & Jeff Benedict Paraphernalia - Music Of Wayne Shorter

Album · 2020 · Fusion
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Dave Askren and Jeff Benedict are a guitar and sax duo who record together occasionally when they are not performing with other high profile artists. For their third album together, “Paraphernalia”, they enlisted Jonathan Pintoff on bass and Chris Garcia on percussion as they pay tribute to Wayne Shorter by recording ten of his compositions. They go for a nice variety of Wayne’s work by including tracks from his solo albums, plus his work with Miles, and one from Weather Report. Thankfully there is no attempt to emulate Shorter, the feel and rhythm for each song has been altered considerably, and Benedict’s sound and phrasing do not carry much similarity to Shorter either. Having a percussionist instead of a full trap set gives the music a light buoyant quality, this is west coast music, somewhat cerebral and laid back, but still very rhythmic and funky.

As mentioned earlier, the basic rhythms of these classic songs have been changed. “E.S.P.” has a relaxed hip-hop shuffle, “Yes and/or No” becomes a mambo and “Fall” is a 6/8 Afro-Cuban groove. Its interesting to notice that due to the abstract nature of Shorter’s melodies, some of his songs are not instantly familiar when the background has been altered. Considering how many times I heard “Heavy Weather” back in the day, “Harlequin” from that album almost slipped by me, barely recognizable without its original big electronic sound. Top track on here may be “Mahjong” with its propulsive drive and John Schofield flavored guitar scratching.

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