Reviews

"Dave Goldberg and Duane Allen play solid, bop influenced jazz the way it's supposed to be done. Allen's guitar shimmers with original chords and tasty single-note solos, somewhat in the style of jazz giant Jim Hall."
- Matt Schudel (Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)

"Goldberg, displays a strong and assured tone and a maturity of style, rooted in swinging mainstream modern jazz."
- Sid Gribetz (Jazz Times Magazine)

“Surreality is the antidote to smooth jazz…Highly recommended, this quartet’s latest album looks to the future of jazz without digging up the roots."
- Jim Santella (LA Jazz Scene)

“They sound wonderful, I’m quite impressed. They’re growing faster than I can even imagine."
- Ira Sullivan

"Allen's guitar solo on "Body and Soul" for example, is abstract wonder, spare with just the right hint of lyricism executed with that glossy contemporary guitar tone. And Goldberg, throughout the session, seems intent on stepping away from the ready-at-hand. His lines often start where you expect, but end up somewhere else. He and Goldberg work regularly together and it shows."
-David Dupont (Cadence Magazine)

"The Dave Goldberg Quartet is a very exciting young group not merely cranking out the same old lame old."
- Bob Weinberg (City Link Magazine)

"When Time Approaches is a thoroughly contemporary-sounding mesh of the two men’s sensibilities: Taut hardbop grooves alongside more ethereal, spiritual numbers; laid-back toneful blowing gives way to biting, acidic guitar lines; traditional straight-ahead jazz shares space withrock-influenced fusion."
- Bob Weinberg (City Link Magazine)

"Allen and Goldberg work well together, making some nice individual contributions and intricately interacting on numbers like 'When Time Approaches', which finds them gracefully bobbing and weaving as they solo simultaneously."
- Jim Ferguson (Jazz Times Magazine)

"Goldberg's tenor sound is full and rich; yet, he remains light throughout. With Allen's sparkling guitar timbre they lend dramatic excitement coupled with a floating sensation that connects the dots."
- Jim Santella (LA Jazz Scene)

"Their contrasting approaches make for some compelling listening, bringing to mind the work of Joe Henderson and John Scofield or Dave Liebman and Pat Metheny. When Time Approaches manages to sound both traditional and contemporary, no doubt a testament to the skill and influences of these exceptional players."
- City Link Best of Awards 2001

"Goldberg's tone throughout tends to be warm, and I'm especially stuck by his soprano tone on ballads like "Melakong." Allen's voice is especially original - he doesn't sound like any other guitarist I know. His solos are thoughtful, avoiding arpeggios as fillers and instead choosing notes and unusual chords with a deft sense for ensemble play. Both leaders deliver solos that demonstrate real shape."
- Michael Coyle (Cadence Magazine)