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""A stellar quartet""

Guitarist Dave Askren leads a stellar quartet on "Some Other Things" through a program of modern mainstream jazz originals and one standard. The leader¡¦s guitar speaks with clarion authority and a fresh attack that remains loose and confident. His sound takes hold and drives this enjoyable, personable session. - Jim Santella, All About Jazz


One of the fresh surprises of this album (Rhubumba) is guitarist Dave Askren's lyrically flowing bop-flavored guitar lines, which hark back to Wes Montgomery and Grant Green.

- All About Jazz

""Instantly Appealing""

There¡¦s something instantly appealing about his unadorned and clean guitar tone, not to mention a set of compositions that are tuneful, challenging and smart...a quartet with the talent and group empathy to transform what might, in lesser hands, sound like an intellectual experiment, instead of the cheerful and bright model of improvisation that it is...

- Cadence Magazine

""worthy of wild applause""

"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. - jazz review.com

""The result is a triumph""

The memory lingers on, and the cult of Bill Evans is again given posthumous expression.
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... - Lawrence Brazier - Jazz Now

""Intelligent, creative and masterful""

"Askren dances across his strings with both power and grace, straddling the line between straight ahead jazz and Latin fearlessly. Intelligent, creative and masterful, "Trio Nuevo+" is highly recommended."

Brad Walseth - JazzChicago.net (Apr 27, 2008)
- JazzChicago.net

""a gem of an album""

¡§Trio Nuevo +¡¨ is a masterpiece of a recording that jazz guitarist Dave Askren and his ¡§new trio¡¨ of Latin jazz players, can be more than proud of. This is indeed a gem of an album that critics will praise and jazz audiences will love.

Edaward Blanco - ejazznews (Apr 2, 2008)
- eJazzNews

""mix of tradition and creative vision""

Dave Askren validates the guitar¡¦s placement at the front of a Latin Jazz trio with ¡§Trio Nuevo + ", a strong set of music that tackles both the strength of Cuban rhythms and the depth of jazz harmony.... full article at website

Chip Boaz - The Latin Jazz Corner (Mar 14, 2008)
- The Latin Jazz Corner

""Their joy is infectious...""

The players certainly seemed to be having a blast, and their joy is infectious... the whole band is tight & will wrap you in after only a couple of bars... I rate this one HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Dick Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj - IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION (Mar 22, 2008)


2008 release "Trio Nuevo +" (currently in nationwide airplay), "Some Other Things" (2006), "Rhubumba" (2004), "RE: Bill Evans" (2002).



Many groups have combined elements of latin music with jazz in different ways - resulting in a wide range of styles falling under the heading "latin-jazz." Trio Nuevo is no exception. The widely varied influences and backgrounds of all of these players result in a unique and exciting blend.

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 and Linda Hopkins.

EDDIE RESTO - has played bass with a who's who of the latin jazz world including Mongo Santamaria, Eddie (as well as Charlie) Plamieri, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon/Ruben Blades, Hilton Ruiz, Jorge Dalto, and Ray Barretto, as well as "straight ahead" artists such as Max Roach, Sonny Stitt and Kenny Kirkland.

WALTER RODRIGUEZ - is an in-demand L.A. based drummer and percussionist, whose resume includes Arturo Sandoval, Alex Acuna, Yanni, Herb Alpert and Strunz & Farah, as well as as long list of CD and film credits.

RAMON BANDA - Previously a longtime member of the Poncho Sanchez band, the versatile Ramon is a mainstay of the L.A. latin jazz scene with his Banda Brothers band. His credits also include Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Freddie Hubbard, Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, Eddie Harris, Joey De Francesco, Arturo Sandoval and Terence Blanchard.