Dave Haskell (guitar); Dan Zemelman Keys); Aaron Germain (bass); alan Hall (drums); Special Guests, Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip, Russell Ferrante and Toss Panos
Produced by Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets, Jeff Lorber Fusion), this recording features Dave's regular group; Dan Zemelman, piano and keyboards, Aaron Germain, basses, and Alan Hall, drums. Guest artists include long time friends and founding members of the Yellowjackets, Robben Ford, guitar; Russell Ferrante, piano and synthisizer; Jimmy Haslip, bass; along with Robben Ford Band veteran, Toss Panos on drums.
PIVOT POINT presents eight new compositions in the contemporary jazz/fusion genre composed by Dave Haskell, including one especially written for the reunion with Robben Ford. Robben Ford also contributes a composition from the seldom-highlighted part of his vocabulary influenced by Wes Montgomery. Rounding out the set is an arrangement of a Herbie Hancock up-tempo classic “Eye of the Hurricane”.
The material emphasizes the compositional and improvisational elements, highlighting all the players individually. It’s an explosive set of music with varied sonic textures including both electric and acoustic settings.
Pivot Point was selected one of the ten best jazz fusion records for the first half of 2013. Link to full review-Something Else Reviews/
Jazz Wax-by Marc Myers(July 27, 2013)
“Dave Haskell Group’s Pivot Point is terrific and Haskell is an enormously lyrical and mood drenched player. . . a hugely seductive album.” - Jazz Wax
Sea of Tranquility by Pete Pardo(March 9, 2013)
“Pivot Point is quite simply classy stuff from start to finish. Haskell is a remarkable guitarist who doesn't overplay, and his lyrical style shapes these melodic songs just perfectly- Sea of Tranquility
“Haskell’s musical voice in the writing and performances shines through brightly.The Jazz Page - by Glenn Daniels
“On Pivot Point you’ll find a mix of adventurous fusion, smooth jazz, and funk jazz with outstanding guitar playing throughout the album.” -Progressive Rock Central- by Angel Romero(March 18, 2013)