ABOUT THE BAND
Now that he’s hung up his wings, Haskell is once again making waves on the Bay Area scene, working with a superlative group. Piano and keyboardist Steve Carter, known for his work as a prominent sideman in the Bay Area Latin-Jazz scene, was Pete Escovedo's piano player for several years as well as working with Sheila E. and Bill Summers. He's also played with premere artists George Benson, Bobby Womack, Kenneth Nash, Don Cherry, and Taj Mahal. The supremely tasteful drummer Alan Hall, an A-List accompanist, is known for his work backing masters such as Eddie Harris, Art Lande, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, and John Handy. With his lean, fluid tone, clean attack, and simmering sense of swing, Haskell is back in fighting trim, ready to pick up his music career where he left off back in the mid-1980s.
“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.”
– Peter Pardo, Sea of Tranquility
“Tasty guitar driven fusion jazz/rock, this is a set for anyone that misses the heyday of the genre and is hungry for something new that hit’s the spot. Well done.”
– Chris Spector, Midwest Record
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.