Happy New (School) Year!

Hard to believe that we're already heading into my fourth year as Chair of the Department of Musicology in the University of Miami's Frost School of Music! I feel very happy and fortunate for the opportunity to work alongside such dedicated and accomplished colleagues and students. This is truly a...

Review of _Humanities_ from Dave Sumner/Bird is the Worm (June 2018)

"It happens quite often on Humanities that a rising intensity becomes a conflagration, . . . It’s why “Groundwork" possesses the hypnotic effect of burning embers even when its flames reach up to the night sky. It’s why “Stream" etches a path from first note to last even as it pulls apart the...

Alex Rodriquez/ Jazz Society of Oregon on _Humanities_

The latest album from the esteemed jazz pianist and musicologist David Ake, Humanities swings buoyantly through a dozen tracks, mostly original compositions. The only cover on the album is a convincing translation of the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple" into a wistful, earnest ballad in the style of Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band....

Review of _Humanities_ from _Down Beat_ (June 2018)

Excerpts from _Down Beat's_ June 2018 review of _Humanities_ . (This one is in addition to the review surrounding that magazine's Editors' Picks in April):

"David Ake brackets his new album with the thoughtful, turbulent title track and a wistful homage to the great newsman Walter Cronkite. What binds them together...

Having trouble ordering _Humanities_?

Dear friends,

I've heard that some of you have had difficulty ordering _Humanities_ through certain online outlets. Please let me know if that happens and I'll look into it for you or, if it's easier for you, will sell/send the CD directly to you. In fact, I'll even offer a...

David Orthmann (All About Jazz) on _Humanities_

From David Orthmann's perceptive review of _Humanities_:

"The group that pianist/composer David Ake assembles for Humanities thrives on change and doesn't care all that much for boundaries, familiar stylistic references, or decorum. Distinctions between written material and improvisation, soloists and accompaniment, are subject to transformation, collapse, consolidation and mutation. . . As...

Excerpts from Dan Bilawsky's review of _Humanities_

Through _Humanities_ [Ake] delivers a penetrating program . . . These five men go all in here, delivering some of the smartest, hippest, and most urgent music Ake's recorded. . . . Each track speaks to and for its own truths, but all prove beautifully bracing in their unfolding. . . . . Everybody in this band plays for keeps....

Announcing the release of _Humanities_

Hey, I am very happy to announce the Posi-Tone Records release of _Humanities_, featuring beautiful performances by trumpeter Ralph Alessi, guitarist Ben Monder, drummer Mark Ferber, and bassist Drew Gress. The album contains 11 of my own compositions, as well as a cover of the Grateful Dead's "Ripple." Check...

Post-Hurricane Irma recording session for Posi-Tone . . .

It's been a wild week, beginning with an all-night drive from Miami to Asheville, NC with Hurricane Irma fast approaching. Haven't been back to Miami yet, but am happy to be safe in Brooklyn for a recording session this weekend. The lineup for that Posi-Tone Records date: Ralph Alessi (trumpet),...

Nice review of Lake Effect by John Gilbreath

Lake Effect – David Ake
Bereaved by the death of his mentor Charlie Haden in 2014, pianist David Ake channels his emotion into this beautiful record, Lake Effect. Opening with “Lone Pine," a solo piano tribute to the late bassist, Ake elicits an acute yet beautiful sadness. With the remaining nine...

_Lake Effect_ featured on RTHK radio Hong Kong

Sending thanks to Charles Martin of RTHK radio in Hong Kong for naming _Lake Effect_ the feature CD of the week on his 3 O'Clock Jump show last night (9-17-16)! I'm very happy and grateful that he enjoyed the music and wants to share it with audiences on that side...

Lake Effect named to Best-of-2015 list in France

Nice to see _Lake Effect_ on this list from France's culturejazz!

Here's the original review:
Le label californien Posi-Tone se positionne généralement en gardien du temple du jazz venu du bop plus ou moins hard, souvent funky et musclé ! Pour autant, le producteur Marc Free, Nick O’Toole, l’ingénieur du son,...

Review of _Lake Effect_ from _Jazz Times_ (Britt Robson)

Pianist David Ake’s Bridges was one of the best jazz outings of 2013, featuring a gentle kaleidoscope of taut yet off-kilter compositions for a sextet consisting of his fellow California Institute of the Arts alumni and associates, including Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi and Scott Colley. Lake Effect is equally satisfying...

Step Tempest review of Lake Effect

Pianist/composer David Ake, whose previous Posi-Tone release "Bridges" was one of the more impressive CDs of 2013, has a new album. "Lake Effect" finds Ake in the company of Peter Epstein (alto and soprano saxophones), Sam Minaie (bass) and the master drummer Mark Ferber. There is so much to enjoy...

Review from France of Lake Effect

Le label californien Posi-Tone se positionne généralement en gardien du temple du jazz venu du bop plus ou moins hard, souvent funky et musclé ! Pour autant, le producteur Marc Free, Nick O’Toole, l’ingénieur du son, et l’équipe du label n’ont rien de fondamentalistes et nous offrent de temps en temps...

New Chris Clark disc (with David Ake)

Just received my copy of Cedar Wisely, the new CD from Chris Clark Quintet (Songlines Records). Very beautiful tunes and performances. Happy and proud to appear on that disc alongside Peter Epstein, Zach Teran, Jesus Vega, and, of course, Chris himself. Check it out . . .