"...an astounding guitarist...Nefesh draws lyrical inspiration from his own experiences of loss, love and soul-searching and laces his songs with a spiritual subtext that's both refreshing and inspiring. It's a basic premise, but one full of complexity and nuance...an artist to watch."
--Gail Worley, NYC Rock Critic
"An unfailing sincere folkie, David Nefesh comes from the school of 'earnest 'til it hurts'...some notable lyrical moments...a fine folk reflection on the order of what Bob Mould and Billy Bragg have been up to in the past decade."
--Joseph McCombs, San Francisco freelance music writer and contributor to StarPolish.com, OnAir.com, Choler.com, Digital Music Weekly, ZDNet Music, and other publications.
David Nefesh was strongly influenced by the music of Neil Young, CSN&Y, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and others in the folk-rock and rock scene of the late-60's and 70's, as well as Jewish folk and cantorial music which was prevalent in his family. At age 12, and armed with a songbook to Neil Young's "Harvest," he started years of self-study on guitar. His early adult years led him to study blues guitar by listening to greats like B.B. King, Otis Rush, and Eric Clapton. However, his penchant for strong melodies always remained.
Known for an eclectic production sense gleaned from working in many studios in the Motor City, multi-instrumental prowess, intuitive voice, and a dry martini sense of humor, Jef also enjoyed a role as an accompanist for various artists...Lesley Gore, Lou Christie, Archie Bell, The Tokens, Alex Chilton, Wolfman Jack and his Midnight Special Revival Road Show. He is currently a part of the Neo-Depression Jazz and Soul music revival in Detroit. Mentored from a stable of Detroit jazz heritage (Funk brother Joe Messina, Ralph Armstrong, Mike Karoub, Wendell Harrison, RJ Spangler, Scott Gwinnell). Member of Shivers (A&M Records 1980s). On-call session player at Cloudborne, Ron Rose & Producers Color Service Studios. Early works of Michael King/Gary Nester. Recording, production history at: http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/jef-reynolds/1587176, http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jef-reynolds-mn0001853252