“(the) drumming is a cross between Jack DeJohnette and Levon Helm….like Levon, Dave was blessed with a sweet voice and the ability to play stringed instruments. Like Jack, he ‘knows’ compositions. . .in my mind, the most consistent and most listenable record to emerge from the Bay Area in a long time…”
–Pat Thomas, founder of Heyday Records. author of ‘Listen, Whitey. The sounds of the Black Power movement 1965-1975’. editor/publisher of ‘Ptolemaic Telescope’
“ ‘Rivers’ is the second Shimmering Leaves Ensemble studio album, and it plays like a slowly unfolding painting. Trumpet, tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet and viola provide aural brush strokes of varying widths and pressures….it
moves at a pace anyone can follow, allowing the beautiful, thoughtful melodies and structures of the tunes to envelope the listener’s psyche”.
–Michael Fortes, PopDose
released August 20, 2013