Shifting Borders

Shifting Borders has spent 4 weeks straight at #1 on the Roots Music Report Jazz Chart, and has been on that chart for 12 weeks. This album went to number #12 on the North American College Radio Jazz Chart.

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A world jazz violin tour de force.
— Midwest Review
Kline’s playing is avant-garde and confident.
— Lemon Wire

Acclaim

The first role of really great swing violin is there AIN’T ANY RULES and Dave Kline truly invents his own on his most recent recording. To the novice ear violinists are compared to their predecessors but, to the trained ear, adept violinists explore the continental drifts and divides. Dave Kline is a violin virtuoso who transcends genres from old-timey fiddling to waltz time to gypsy jazz and finally fusion. But don’t take my word for it. Go and find out for yourself.
— Harry Schnipper, Owner, Blues Alley, Washington, DC
Kline, a violinist, essentially plays any kind of music where jamming is permissible. Funk, bluegrass, calypso, Brazilian jazz… earthy stuff. Kline is an improvised musician and that’s just about the size of it. But improvise he does, and he’s got serious chops. He also works frequently with another D.C. Brazilian jazz specialist Lynn Veronneau, who’s got chops to spare as well. Beyond jazz, but with definite grasp of its core ideals, and able to swing and groove with the best of them.
— Michael J West, Washington City Paper
Shifting Borders is a cocktail that embraces the music of multiple cultures and merges them together into a melodic brew.
— Blog Critics

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

Reviews

Washington City Paper

Kline, a violinist, essentially plays any kind of music where jamming is permissible. Funk, bluegrass, calypso, Brazilian jazz… earthy stuff. Kline is an improvised musician and that’s just about the size of it. But improvise he does, and he’s got serious chops. He also works frequently with another D.C. Brazilian jazz specialist Lynn Veronneau, who’s got chops to spare as well. Beyond jazz, but with definite grasp of its core ideals, and able to swing and groove with the best of them. 

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. 

The Vinyl Anachronist Review

To suggest Shifting Borders is mainstream is doing a disservice to the sheer creativity involved. I'm not a huge fan of pigeon-holing music into genres, and Kline is delivering likeable, energetic songs that may appeal to the masses while emerging from a palette of uncommon colors.

Blog Critics Review

A savory blend laden of Eastern European accents, flamenco rhythms, Klezmer-folk trimmings, and R&B/funk grooves augmented by a Latin lilt, Shifting Borders from the Dave Kline Band fuses the music of diverse cultures. Growing up in London, England, guitarist/violinist Dave Kline leads a bevy of melodic forms supported by a catchy cadence. A mixture of improvised intervals and structured patterns, the effort is underscored by world music influences.

Midwest Record Review

A world jazz violin tour de force, this cat could have been a critical part of even Leonard Cohen's next tour if Cohen wasn't reaching for Marianne's hand. Hot stuff throughout. 

Lemon Wire Review

With “Shifting Borders,” Kline wanted to display his worldview. Through music, and more specifically, the qualities of the violin, Kline sought to show how quickly the world changes, and to symbolize his world travels. By playing the violin in a way that challenges what listeners think about the instrument, Kline does exactly that.

Acclaim from Musicians

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
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