Dave Askren | Re: Bill Evans

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Re: Bill Evans

by Dave Askren

A jazz guitar trio in the "piano trio" tradition, with a fresh take on Evans' classic repertoire.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Re Person I Knew
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2. Spring Is Here
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3. Everything I Love
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4:56 album only
4. My Foolish Heart
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5. Midnight Mood
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6. Who Cares?
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7. Time Remembered
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8. Freddie Freeloader
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9. It Might As Well Be Spring
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10. When Sunny Gets Blue
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11. If You Could See Me Now
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dave Askren - guitar

Mike Flick - bass

Steve Sykes - drums


Excerpts from the liner notes of "Re: Bill Evans" -

...Bill Evans' piano style on guitar...the guitar is capable of far fewer notes than the piano in a given voicing...resulting in a mimimalistic sound that still retains the overall intent and character of the original...

...the defining element of Evans¡¦style was the wonderful combination of rhythmic flexibility and swing which was heard in his own playing, and was an integral part of his trios...these musicians are familiar with the Evans tradition, while maintaining their own individuality...

...Evans showed his influences from the Romantic and Impressionistic schools of classical music with this piece, (Re Person I Knew) which consists entirely of a C pedal with a variety of shifting harmonies above...

...Time Remembered - Another Evans original, really influenced by Impressionism (Debussy and Ravel)... doesn't have a single dominant/tonic (five-one) harmonic cadence...the listener gets a feeling of floating from one tonality to the next - which also poses a unique challenge for the improvisor...

Los Angeles based guitarist Dave Askren has performed with a wide variety of artists including Bobby Shew, 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, and Brenton Wood.

Dave Askren began playing music at a young age. He grew up in a musical household, with a piano teacher/church organist mother. He had a few piano lessons and played clarinet and saxophone, but discovered the guitar as a teenager. Dave started out playing blues, rock and R&B, 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 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.


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Cadence, Jazzreview

"...the kind of tribute album that is deserving of its own high regard"
Cadence magazine, September, 2002 ...Askren's group is an enterprising contemporary guitar trio with much of interest to say.... Askren places great importance on Evans rhythmic concept, and he and his companions - bassist Mike Flick and drummer Steve Sykes - have mastered that aspect through each of these eleven numbers...

Jazzreview.com, November, 2002 ..."Re: Bill Evans" is the kind of tribute album that is deserving of its own high regard... That guitarist Dave Askren was willing to tackle the challenge (of Bill Evans piano trio arrangements) is worthy of a tip of the hat. That he succeeds so admirably is worthy of wild applause.

David Nelson

Captures the essence of the Bill Evans Trio.
Captures the essence of the Bill Evans Trio. Pretty amazing for a guitar player. I play guitar myself and plan to study this recording for a long time. Midnight Mood and My Foolish Heart are personal favorites.

Michael P. Gladstone - All About Jazz

The mood is generally introspective
Los Angeles-based guitarist Dave Askren has undertaken a formidable project in adapting the music and style of Bill Evans for a guitar-bass-drums trio. Unequivocally, these eleven tracks do bear the stamp of the late pianist.

LawrenceBrazier - Jazz Now

The memory lingers on, and the cult of Bill Evans is again given posthumous expr
The result is a triumph. This is not merely a selection of tunes performed by the famous Evans trios - the nuance, the feel, the entire "Evansness" of this tribute has been captured...

John Henry - Audiophile Audition

Every Bill Evans fan and most jazz guitar fans will want to add this one to thei
Los Angeles-based guitarist Askren is joined by only bass and drums on his first album as leader. What he has done is to re-do 11 classic Bill Evans piano trio favorites for his guitar trio. He pays close attention to Evans’ rhythms as well as his harmonic choices. On some tracks the match is so close that one forgets briefly that the solo instrument is guitar and not piano.

John Henry - Audiophile Audition

Every Bill Evans fan and most jazz guitar fans will want to add this one to thei
Los Angeles-based guitarist Askren is joined by only bass and drums on his first album as leader. What he has done is to re-do 11 classic Bill Evans piano trio favorites for his guitar trio. He pays close attention to Evans’ rhythms as well as his harmonic choices. On some tracks the match is so close that one forgets briefly that the solo instrument is guitar and not piano.