“A tasty saxophonist…[a] first rate quintet… catch the David Rubel quintet when you can, you won’t be disappointed.”
— Dave Milbourne Toronto Jazz Magazine

“Rubel’s tone and playing throughout the album is full of emotion, soul, and passion, and his compositions are so accessible that even casual listeners can find something to like in this album.”
—  Conrad Gayle Toronto Jazz Critic

“If David Rubel were in the film business and not jazz he’d be a screenwriter. Into The Dark, the debut CD from the saxophonist born and raised in Toronto is alive with phrases that rise, fall and answer one another. As it goes you can almost imagine words appearing in thought bubbles over the musicians’ heads. And Rubel is generous this way, letting everyone in the quartet have a say and the time to say it in.”
— Peter Goddard The Toronto Star

“The debut disc from Toronto saxophonist David Rubel is a solid modern mainstream outing that reflects well on the 26-year-old and his University of Toronto-educated quartet. Rubel’s writing tends to be modal and lyrically inclined, with odd-metered, straight-eighths grooves standing out. The disc’s opener, a spirited 7/4 title track, and its closer, the straightforward, accessible 5/4 tune Ever, are prime examples and disc highlights. Rubel’s sound is robust and his playing is committed and especially strong throughout, Overall, there’s a nice mix of precise playing and exploration.”
— Peter Hum The Ottawa Citizen

“David and his saxophone were a perfect addition to our party. The music was smooth, mellow, and the perfect volume. I’ll definitely be hiring him again, and would recommend him to anyone for any event.”
— Elizabeth Moore

“David, thank you so much for your music! I feel completely comfortable recommending you to all my friends for all their entertainment needs. You helped make our wedding so special! We’ll never forget how much you bent over backwards and helped out all over on such an important day!”
— Debra Lansa

“Mr. Rubel possesses a unique gift as a creative improviser and contemporary composer. His scope, musicality, intellectual curiosity and self-directed commitment to the development of his artistic voice is very strong. At the moment, his musical gift is manifesting itself most in the music of Donny McCaslin, Kenny Wheeler and Joe Lovano, and he reminds me of the wonderful NYC saxophonist/composer, Quinsin Nachoff.”
– Brian Lillos,
Alto Saxophone & Clarinet Musician

“David’s passion for music is contagious. With every lesson I found myself more and more inspired to delve deeper into the world of jazz. David’s patience and easy-going nature made for an excellent learning environment. I believe much of the confidence I hold as both a musician and a person today is thanks to his teachings.”
Beth McLelland
(Beth was a student for six years; training with David until she began post-secondary studies in Jazz at Humber College.)

“David is a really patient teacher who makes sure I understand the concepts of the lesson, even if it means the lesson goes longer than I paid for. He really wants me to improve, and it’s inspiring.”
—   Sam Lockhart Flute Musician

“David has been a fantastic teacher since our first session. He is patient but encouraging, and always seems to have a knack for knowing when I’m ready to push myself into new territory. I’m continually improving as a musician under David’s knowledgeable guidance.”

—   Logan Bright

“I came to David as a complete beginner…I had literally never touched a piano in my life, but had always enjoyed listening to the instrument. I called David and he assured me that you’re never too old to learn (I have 6 grandchildren). I can now read music AND play songs by ear. David is extremely patient and encouraging, and never lets me feel negative about my ability. He is an inspiring teacher and musician. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to learn.”
—   Sandra Tollar
(Sandra has been a student of David’s for 3 years.)