Acclaim for Shifting Borders

Shifting Borders leads with a clear message that Kline is all about prodigious music, strong melodies, and infectious rhythms.
— All About Jazz

"All About Jazz" Review

"Violinist Dave Kline is pushing the contemporary voice of strings to new heights, while maintaining a sophisticated yet approachable city sound. Kline's original compositions are intricate and push the violin as a lead instrument in an ensemble setting, assertively bending the borders of undiscovered territory with great result. This idea led to his new album entitled Shifting Borders. While this refers to the musical twists, turns and combinations, it also captures Kline's personal journey across the globe, and encompasses his musical view of our world. 

For Shifting Borders, Kline records with the musicians who have appeared with him live many times, this lends itself to an interconnected sound of reliable and comfortable interaction. Fernando Mojica on guitar, and Jon Laine on drums and percussion are the core of the group with special guests: Cheikh Ndoye from Senegal, West Africa on bass; French Canadian Lynn Veronneau eloquently tackling vocalese; Argentinian Emmanuel Trifilio on bandoneon; Dan Paul, from the U.S. on keyboards, clearly an international amalgamation of mastery. The album contains nine Kline originals, which cover a wide range of styles. 

Opening with the energetic "Paris," Shifting Borders leads with a clear message that Kline is all about prodigious music, strong melodies, and infections rhythms. Set to a samba feel, "Paris" has a melody that is uplifting and fun. Kline's violin tone is warm and robust. His playing is strong and his melodic phrasing is full of passion. Mojica's guitar work is a real treat, he solos with purpose and his lines are clear and crisply articulated. Kline adds nice compositional touches, like interludes between solo's, which add interest and richness to the music. The group has a cohesive sound as a unit. Kline's solo is just like his compositions, full of development, strong melodies and much heart. 

"Rockin' The Cape" has a beautiful arpeggiated chord progression by Mojica. The melody offers nice interaction between Kline and Mojica. Both Kline and Mojica turn in energetic and musical solos, Mojica's solo is especially fun, with pinch harmonics and a warm distorted sound. Kline again shows his compositional mastery with moving sections and a form that is interesting and always full of surprises. Laine's drum work is excellent. This song is a cross between John McLaughlin and The Pat Metheny Group, and that is a good 'thang' in itself! 

This a fine recording of interesting compositions and is a further affirmation of Kline's evolution as a composer and player. With thrilling performances throughout, the project represents a complete portrait of the individual and group talents. There is a complete musical story on this recording that comes through the various forms and melodies that is dynamic and lyrical."

Read the full review for Shifting Borders in All About Jazz here.

100/100 from Blog Critics

Shifting Borders is a cocktail that embraces the music of multiple cultures and merges them
together into a melodic brew.
— Blog Critics

Acclaim from Musicians

Daring and exciting, Kline takes you on a journey as far and wide as his musical influences. Shifting Borders is not an elusive chase it’s a declaration. Genres and ethnicity will meet, fall in love and have many happy children. A DNA smorgasbord that feeds all our senses and connects us through the unique voicing of a fiery violin. Buckle-up it’s gonna be a great ride.
— Lynn Véronneau, Award Winning Vocalist
The Dave Kline Band’s latest record is “best-ever” for me. I’ve been listening to Dave’s music for a long time and was very happy to hear the evolution of sound that emits from every track. Everything from the melodies, grooves, soloing, production has a super-quality vibe - world class!!! WORLD FUSION!! The aesthetics of the music are rooted in jazz and classic fusion, but go way off into a “world music” genre. From track to track your “ears” are taken all around the music world, even greatly challenged by the “Mahavishnu-esque” melody and groove I had to replay numerous times. I am an artist and musician with very seasoned listening. I am not this impressed very often, for whatever it’s worth. Congrats and thank you for your art!!
— Dave Tourjé, California Locos and Los Savages Band

International Acclaim from JazzQuad

This is an international [album] where everyone perfectly understands each other and works together harmoniously, bringing listeners art, full of positive emotions.
— Leonid Auskern
If Life’s Little Mysteries was an LP it would be crackly sounding by now from the number of times I’ve played it. Dave’s guitar work and violin work are lovely but the compositions are remarkable. Dave works through many different styles and yet the musical personality remains intact throughout. BRAVO!
— John C. Jordan, John Jordan Electric Violins and Music Services
I love Life’s Little Mysteries for its great tunes and such warm renditions. I love Dave’s musical universe. It’s so fresh and creative and so Dave.
— Chick Corea
I don’t often review jazz albums, not because I don’t like jazz, but because I find so few jazz albums that can successfully navigate the slender space ‘between been done before cocktail jazz’ and ‘too-far-out-for-comfort wall of noise’. Yet Life’s Little Mysteries accomplished this musical tightrope trick with style and verve. Dave Kline, the session leader, plays steel and nylon stringed acoustic guitars as well as acoustic and electric violins. He accomplishes this quadruple threat with great style and impeccable tone.

All musical compositions on the disc were written by Dave Kline. They run the gamut form Latin inflected sambas such as “Tropical Bo[p]” to modal melodies like “Life’s Little Mysteries” with a side trip down to the delta on “Fiddlin’ the Blues.” What I like most about Kline’s music is that it has drive without being hard-edged, and is musically inventive without losing track of the song’s core melody and structure.

Engineered by Bob Dawson, Kline’s co-producer, and mastered at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO, the sound on this CD is first-class. Even with the mixture of acoustic and electric instruments the overall sound remains natural, open, and very real.
— Steven Stone, Vintage Guitar Magazine

Acclaim for Dave Kline

[Veronneau’s Joie De Vivre - Joy of Living] begins with the engaging “La Mer,” known to English-speaking audiences as the Bobby Darin hit “Beyond the Sea,” and reprised in Kevin Spacey’s 2004 film by the same name. Lynn Véronneau sings the original Charles Trenet lyrics in French and Dave Kline’s violin adds a touch of gypsy jazz...Guest musicians British violinist Dave Kline and internationally respected Canadian saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk add color and depth to the album and appear in selected concerts.
— CBC Music

Acclaim for the Dave Kline Band

I love the band’s electrifying sound. Dave captivates audiences and leaves them wanting more.
— Lynn Veronneau of Veronneau (6-time WAMMIE award winners)
Every member of the Dave Kline Band is a consummate performer. The musicianship is first-class, the music invigorating, creative and crowd-pleasing, and best of all, it’s very clear that the band enjoys performing together–which speaks volumes to the listening audience. Great stuff.
— Colleen Holt, Field National Event Specialist
The band sounded great and the turnout was outstanding! What a great night! The Dave Kline Band has great fans and the music was brilliant. Looking forward to more of their gigs at Gypsy Sally’s in 2016!
— Karen and David Ensor, Owners of Gypsy Sally's

Fans rave about the Dave Kline Band:

"One of the most talented human beings I know. Dave put on such a tremendous show. BRAVO!" - Glen Marsocci

"Great evening!!! People wouldn't let [the Dave Kline Band] stop playing."

"[Dave] has a great band and he is an amazing musician."

"Dave is awesome. Totally digging it."

"Just wanted to reaffirm how delightful it was to hear [the Dave Kline Band] again."

"Gig report. Amazing talent [Dave Kline] and band! Great turnout!"

"We had such a great time and I think [Dave] is the most amazing violinist ever! But it was very exciting to hear how much my husband was blown away by [his] talent!"

"The music was fabulous!"

"You guys just ripped at the Cauldron. Ain't no chords left in the world. You shredded 'em. Hope to be at the Hamilton."

"Amazing performance.....Bravo!