Dave Haskell Group with guests Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip, Russell Ferrante and more: Pivot Point
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 synthesizer; 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.