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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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.