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Dave Askren

Los Angeles based Dave Askren has performed with a variety of artists including Bobby Shew, Bob Moses, Antonio Hart, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hendrik Muerkins, David King & Reid Anderson (The Bad Plus), 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, and Brenton Wood. Dave attended and taught guitar at Boston's Berklee College of Music, and also studied privately with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, pianist Charlie Banacos, guitarist Mick Goodrick and drummers Bob Moses and Bob Gullotti

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The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Moonscape; Nardis; The Fotomat Song; The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful; Armadillo Research; Ant Dance; Cheek to Cheek; The Mighty Dollar; Tom and Jerry; Hikky Burr.

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Benedict Big Band: The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful

Read "The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As saxophonist Jeff Benedict is a professor emeritus of music at California State University-Los Angeles, he shouldn't be overly concerned if an impartial observer should decide to grade the southern California-based Jeff Benedict Big Band's second album, The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful. After careful listening, herewith is the report card. Brass and reeds: ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Composer Tributes: Strayhorn, Shorter, Monk and Sam Jones

Read "Composer Tributes: Strayhorn, Shorter, Monk and Sam Jones" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


There always seem to be albums coming out that pay tribute to accomplished jazz composers. Here are some newer ones, three on very familiar names and one on an often overlooked musician. John Di Martino Passion Flower: The Music of Billy Strayhorn Sunnyside Records 2020 Pianist John ...

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Article: Genius Guide to Jazz

Jazz in 1's and 0's

Read "Jazz in 1's and 0's" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius


If one were to happen by the GeniusDome, providing you could navigate the gauntlet of traps and snares leading to the door and pass muster by my parakeet Al Neri, you'd be greeted warmly and welcomed into my inner sanctum. You'd notice a veritable forest of guitars, an inexplicable collection of hot sauces and Barbecue sauces, ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Askren: Come Together

Read "Come Together" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Collaboration and teamwork are always essential elements in any effort that takes the total sum of the parts to create a collective outcome. This is even more so a part of the equation in music. Music is mathematics, but what makes the experience even more enjoyable is the creativity and heart that each player puts into ...

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Come Together

Label: Tapestry Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Cheese Grits; Come Together; Nardis; Moments Notice; Hear This; On It; Pineapple Head; Willow Weep for Me; Groove Merchant; Deed I Bu.

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It's All About The Groove

Label: DaWayMusic
Released: 2014
Track listing: Nature Boy; Holmes; Old Folks; Monk’s; Like Friends; Speak Low; McCannism; You Stepped Out of a Dream; While We’re Young; The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were.

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Article: Extended Analysis

Dave Askren and Jeff Benedict: It's All About The Groove

Read "Dave Askren and Jeff Benedict: It's All About The Groove" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Guitarist Dave Askren and Saxophonist Jeff Benedict have teamed up as co-leaders to form an ensemble that explores six standards and four originals with a CD entitled, It's All About The Groove. With Askren and Benedict forming the nucleus of the project, they are joined by drummer Ramon Banda and bassist John Belzaguy. The title of ...

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