This is what the critics say about Gabriel's releases:OPEN INVITATIONFrom the USA:Gabriel Mark Hasselbach's new CD "Open Invitation" on which he wrote all the tunes and plays trumpet, flugel,alto and C flutes, ‘valve bone, and EVI, is a tour de force of arranging and production. Each tune also features a famous guest artist all of whom fit perfectly into the picture. Gabriel sounds great on everything..no easy task, and should be really proud of this one! You'll find yourself humming these tunes when you least expect it! ....... Randy Brecker"You might expect a cat with the name Gabriel to blow trumpet. But Gabriel Mark Hasselbach also displays his mastery on flugelhorn, alto and c melody flutes, valve trombone, and electronic valve instrument.Having sharpened his skills on stages alongside everyone from Michael Bublé, Jeff Lorber and Chuck Loeb to Little Richard, George Benson and John Lee Hooker, Hasselbach has a vast tonal palette from which to draw. He's also won acclaim for his own smooth jazz discography, which spans more than 30 years. On his latest, the aptly titled Open Invitation (Windtunnel), Hasselbach recruited friends and associates who just happen to rank among some of the top names in the contemporary jazz world. Pianist Bob Baldwin, and saxophonists Bob Mintzer, Rock Hendricks and Cory Weeds all lend their talents to this set of Hasselbach originals. 'Count Me In', [on the enclosed disc], kicks off the recording with some bluesy textures, thanks to guitarist Adam Rohrlick, who can effortlessly conjure B.B. King or Wes Montgomery. Hasselbach's trumpet, flugelhorn, and flute lines drift enticingly over and around the laid-back groove." .... JAZZIZ Magazine".....Riveting sound ......solid groove-packed ..... loaded with both soothing and searingly funky jazz just like we C-jazzers like it. After his scorching 2012 Kissed By the Sun release, who could expect anything less from this prolific trumpeter who not only cranks out his own quality albums but is featured on albums by other top-notch artists, as well. ....Hasselbach also has some straight-ahead work under his belt – and you may be able to detect some of that influence ....much to the delight of the C-jazzers of the world.This album, which also features him on flugelhorn and flutes, has some cool contributors like keyboardists Greg Manning, Cal Harris Jr., and Bob Baldwin, and saxman Bob Mintzer of Yellowjackets fame. They all make this one cool, flowing party. Suffice it to say that Hasselbach not only consistently has a handle on the C-jazz groove but again works it to perfection here on Open Invitation. ~ Ronald Jackson- TheSmoothJazzRide.com read full review here“Good job!” [Jeff Lorber, Grammy winning fusion artist]Gabriel Mark Hasselbach-Open Invitation 4/4“Canadian trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach returns on Open Invitation with his proven formula for success: a cadre of talented guest artists, fresh, funky rhythms .... these are a few of the highlights in yet another winning set from GMH.” [O's Place Jazz Notes]From Canada:WAVE FM - PD and Morning Host double reviewGabriel Mark Hasselbach's sheer talent alone has long made him worthy of having his name mentioned in the same sentence with many, if not all, of his contemporaries on the jazz music scene. For anyone to argue the point, I would openly invite them to get a fix of Gabe's new energy charged release Open Invitation and learn the truth. Because the truth of the matter is that the west coast based trumpeter has rifled off an astounding collection of freshly written tunes which explain why music critics and smooth jazz media are all over this one with ramped-up enthusiasm, and open arms and ears.Open Invitation is a collective effort with some of Gabe's A-list friends dropping into the sessions to complement this 10-track labour of love, following up his 2012 sensation Kissed By The Sun. Among the smooth elites are keyboardists Greg Manning, Cal Harris Jr., Bob Baldwin, saxophonist Bob Mintzer of the Yellowjackets, the multi-faceted Lew Laing Jr. (co-writer and co-producer), just to offer quick list of the notable talent infused throughout the project. The lift-off for Open Invitation was the skyrocket single Propulsion which with a funky energetic rhythm and the painfully tight trumpet jabs alongside Manning's electrifying melodic piano brilliance, easily had the first release soaring skywards on numerous smooth jazz charts and playlists. And while the album inspires several moods and styles, it's the lead off track in particular that I find sets the precedent for the overall representative sound on Open Invitation.Charmed Life is undeniably stylish and charming, working with keyboardist Baldwin to meld their talents into a nearly endless mid tempo melodic explosion. Gabe does it up spectacularly on Let's Do This Thang, as he and guitarist Olaf deShield offer up a richly flowing and bouncy groove, complete with lush trumpet, guitar, and synthesized melodies to make this track another instant pick hit. Enlist a legend like The Yellowjackets' Mintzer and you instantly set yourself up for another winning track such as Let It Ride, another solid of example of funk infused groove with attitude that is as playful as it is serious. Showcasing Gabe's multi-dimensional talents as a performer, composer, and producer is the soulfully romantic track Lovelight with the sensuous vocals of Dee and Brittani Cole. It's a simmering slow burn and perfect mood setter to signal the start of potential 'night games' once the sun fades.If there's one thing that is consistent about Open Invitation, it's that the encompassing sound brings together all of the elements of an album that raises the bar for coolness, style, chicness, and a compelling elegant vibe. Yet it's only accomplished by the enormous talent that exists on the recordings, and backed up by brilliant instrumentation and some of the finest production techniques, which only enhance the razor sharp trumpet work, airy and melodic flute work, edgy flugel horns, in addition to the perfect rhythmic and synthesized arrangements. But if there is one winning ingredient that makes this a top priority for smooth music lovers, it's the heavy dose of passion that takes every aspect and effort of Open Invitation to whole new level. ~ Reviewed by Stu BerketoVickie van Dyke also reviewed this album. Here's her review:He is back ... and he is back with more horsepower than a flaming Ferrari! The big winner at the 2012 Smooth Jazz Awards, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach is full steam ahead with his new CD "Open Invitation", rocketing out of the gate with an open-throttle collection jam-packed with energy, verve, sass, bite and a whole lot of groove. From the passionate power of the lead-off single "Propulsion" (featuring the blazing chops of Greg Manning on piano) to the funky-fine finesse of "Charmed Life" (with Bob Baldwin) to the silky smooth sensuality of "Lovelight" (with Dee and Brittani Cole adding velvety vocals), Gabe is a man-on-fire on every track.No stranger to star-power, he has worked with Michael Buble, Steve Oliver, Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Bob James, Gino Vanelli, Rob Tardik ... well, you get the picture. This Vancouver-based musical master plays with the big boys because he can. Whether trumpet, flute or fluglehorn (oh how I love that word!) GMH proves time and time again that he is worthy of every accolade. Top twenty Billboard hits, a Juno, several smoothies and a west coast music award, he is only just getting started. Open Invitation invites all music lovers to a first-class party of performers. Cal Harris Jr., Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets) and Rock Hendricks (Paul Hardcastle) also show up and it's like musical champagne a-flowing. Every track is original (both literally and figuratively) and sumptuous. My only complaint - when Gabe sent me the CD he signed the cellophane cover. Oops. No matter, honey. I don't need your autograph. I will accept your Open Invitation and anxiously await the next one from a true trumpeting treasure. ~ Vickie van Dyke, Morning Host read full reviews here"I recently received trumpeter Gabriel Hasselbach's new cd Open Invitation and I highly recommend it! It's fast, classy and progressive and full of great all-star guest performers. I can see why the first single release, Propulsion, with special guest Greg Manning is sweeping the jazz world - it's just great music! I guarantee months of repeat playing of Gabriel's new music on my jazz program! Keep up the good work and great music Gabriel!" ~ Bill Sharpe, host of Newfoundland's only jazz program Cool Jazz On The Coast "Just wanted to say hi and tell you that I’ve been listening to your “Open Invitation” CD, and I’m really enjoying it! It’s great to hear you expressing yourself using ALL of the colours in your palette, and to hear the way you use them to add spice and variety to different sections in your tunes. Great guests too - and top notch compositions and production. Well done, my friend!"~ Nathen Aswell, Keynote Speaker / Recording Artist, www.NathenAswell.comFrom Switzerland:Gabriel - Open Invitation (2014)“Trumpet player Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - or just ‘Gabriel’ - comes up with an awesome album full of memorable tracks and tons of first-rate guest players, like Bob Mintzer, Bob Baldwin, Greg Manning and many others. The music is groovy and offers a lot of variety, the musicianship is on a high level, and the smooth trumpet and flugelhorn playing of the leader holds it all together. Great stuff!” ~ Peter Boehi Smoothvibes.com SwitzerlandFrom Germany:“With Open Invitation it becomes apparent that Gabriel needn't shy away from comparison with any other trumpeter in the world.”[Hans-Bernd Hülsmann, Smooth-Jazz.deFrom Belgium:"An open invitation to get acquainted with Gabriel’s music.... It’s been 3 years since I reviewed Gabriel’s latest album ‘Kissed by the Sun’ here, and for this new one he set to top that. Next to his fiery trumpet and spacious flute, he gave other musicians the opportunity to help him, and those are keyboardists Greg Manning, Bob Baldwin and Cal Harris Jr., Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets sax), Rock Hendricks (Paul Hardcastle sax), as well as breakout stars such as guitarists Adam Rohrlick and Olaf deShield. Opener and second single ‘Count Me In’ features guitarist Adam Rohrlick and Gabriel blows a laidback groove. The first single ‘Propulsion’ features Greg Manning on piano and landed in the top 15. The title track is a really smooth tune with Cal Harris Jr. on keyboards, while ‘Init2Winit’ is a happy song. On ‘Charmed Life’ you can hear the piano of Bob Baldwin, while romance is in the air on the ballad ‘Lovelight’ with vocalists Dee & Brittani Cole. After that comes ‘Let’s Do This Tang’ with Olaf deShield on guitar, but it’s the latinesque ‘Let It Slide’ with sax man Bob Mintzer that turns it funky. ‘Aurora Borealis’ is more relaxed, and Gabriel takes us to the islands with ‘Carte Blanche’. Indeed, a nice melodic album, that shows Gabriel’s versatility. There’s not a bad track here!"Patrick Van de Wiele http://www.smoothjazz.eu/------KISSED BY THE SUN
~KISSED BY THE SUN Read the detailed and glowing review from O’s Place Jazz Reviews here.
~KISSED BY THE SUN Read the detailed and glowing review from DeeDee McNeil, LA Jazz.com here.
~KISSED BY THE SUN Read the detailed and glowing review from Stu Berketo from Wave.fm here.
~KISSED BY THE SUN Read the detailed and glowing review from Denis Poole at Smooth Jazz Therapy here
~KISSED BY THE SUN Read the detailed and glowing review from Smooth Jazz Europe (click Artists + Gabriel) here
------INTERNATIONAL A & R"Look out Rick Braun. Move over Chris Botti. Gabriel Mark Hasselbach is a talent to be reckoned with." Joseph Bertie The Warner Music Group" .... Hasselblast! [Hasselbach's 1986 album] ... was 20 years ahead of its day. It was better than Botti is now, and right in there with Hubert Laws in terms of contemporary jazz flute" Arnold Schwisberg, Broadcaster and Founder & Producer of Jazz On The Mountain At Blue (2011 comment)TOLD YA SO“Spun Peace Song during my show this past Tuesday. GREAT music! I can see why he was voted album of the year. I love the other guys that are featured on this album too. Please forward the CD so I can feature other cuts. Please convey my best wishes to Gabriel. You can bet I'll be looking for him if he tours anywhere in New England.” Garry Dolan, Host, Smoothicopia WSCA 901 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801“Horn player Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, aka Gabriel, has joined forces with Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Marc Antoine and Darren Rahn for his brand new release ‘Told Ya So’. Predictably, the result is something quite special. Gabriel co-writes twelve of the songs with Miles Black (who plays keyboards, bass and guitar on each of them) another with Lorber and the collection is rounded off by the addition of one superb cover. Indeed the project brims with understated magnificence and has already garnered a nomination in the category ‘Album of the Year’ at the upcoming Wave Awards that will be held on April 29, 2011 in Ontario Canada. In addition it has led to Gabriel being nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year at the same event but, awards ceremonies notwithstanding, the legacy of ‘Told Ya So’ will surely be in the quality of its music. The restrained nature of the entire piece is a wonderful plus and is exemplified by a haunting version of the Temptations blockbuster ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’. Its positioning as the opening track really sets a mood that is replicated often and none more so than with the beguiling ‘Azure Moon’ for which Black on keys is excellent. ‘Told Ya So’ was produced by the pairing of Gabriel and Miles Black while Gabriel also had a hand in mixing, this time in partnership with the acclaimed Paul Brown. In fact Brown plays guitar on the easy grooving ‘Equate Her’ where his interplay with Gabriel is terrific. Undoubtedly one of the album’s best tunes it is in the good company of ‘Releasing’ where the input of rising star Darren Rahn on tenor sax adds hugely to this sultry cut. ‘Haranara’ proves to be a textbook example of mid tempo smooth jazz that shows every sign of becoming seriously addictive and when Gabriel is joined by Jeff Lorber for the controlled yet edgy ‘Rockin The Ribjoint’ it allows him to demonstrate his collective prowess on trombone, trumpet and flute. Truth to tell Gabriel multi tasks throughout and for ‘Beyond The Stars’ adds flugelhorn to his impressive repertoire. This turned down charmer says much about what ‘Told Ya So’ is all about and although ‘Peace Song’ has a light reggae infusion it remains completely in keeping with the album’s overall tranquil vibe.The CD’s one vocal number is ‘How Long Is Forever’ which finds the soulful tones of Amanda Wood being perfectly complemented by Gabriel’s latin tinged trumpet and although he takes a detour into jazz fusion for ‘The Road Less Travelled’ he is quickly back on mellow message for ‘That Look In Your Eyes’ which exudes a romantically smoky aura. On those occasions when Gabriel does notch up the tempo the effect is as delightful as it is surprising. This is particularly so with the jazzy ‘Shake It Down’ where Rock Hendricks on sax makes a notable contribution but it when Gabriel slips back into reflective mode that ‘Told Ya So’ really delivers. The magically introspective ‘In Santo Quala’ features some truly beautiful playing from guitar maestro Marc Antoine but just shading it as a Smooth Jazz Therapy top track is the deconstructed but totally hypnotic ‘Pastels’. With Gabriel and Miles Black again sharing the honors, chilled out contemporary jazz doesn’t come better than this. ‘Told Ya So’ is a worthy addition to Gabriel’s already considerable discography and even though he has enjoyed protracted solo success in both Asia and Canada, it looks likely to elevate him to smooth jazz stardom.” For Smooth Jazz Therapy and Smooth Jazz Vibes, Denis Poole“TOLD YA SO is the right title for this new release from Canada’s best-known horn player Gabriel Mark Hasselbach. We have been telling ya for many years that this Juno Award-winning (and recent recipient of two Canadian Wave Awards) artist is fiery and smoldering. With more than a dozen solo releases, Gabriel has a distinct sound to his playing… sophisticated, warm and sexy on all his instruments he plays (trumpet, flute, flugelhorn, trombone and digital winds). Combine that with Gabriel's special guests Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Marc Antoine and Darren Rahn and you’ve got a flammable contemporary jazz cocktail that is sultry, exciting and smooth. This award winning album (Album of the Year at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards) opens with a chilled out version of 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone' and flows into "Rockin’ The Ribjoint," followed by 12 more killer tunes including the new single and perfect summer tonic "Peace Song." (Paul Brown is featured on the radio remix.) Gabriel has already toured Australia this year and TOLD YA SO has landed in the Top 20 most played albums on Aussie Radio, as well as cracking the Top 50 in the U.S.! Don’t make us tell you so again… this is a must have from a proven success!“Sandy Shore/ SmoothJazz.com COOL DOWN"Cool Down is the slick new jazz album from Gabriel. This guy is good, very good..... What makes Gabriel notable is his versatility..... Gabriel gives us lots to enjoy here .... If you like jazz, you will love this CD. 9-out-of-10." Calvin Daniels, Yorkton This Week “This album was masterminded by Hasselbach (tpt, flgh, flutes) and Jeff Lorber (keys, b, g). They come at you hard with the funky smooth jazz that we've come to expect from either of them. It is all new stuff with Victor Bailey adding the thump on bass and vox on "Check This Out". They open with a killer "Cool Down" featuring Rock Hendricks on tenor sax. Warren Hill (as) makes a strong guest appearance on "East Coast". "Snap To It" has that traditional Lorber 'pop' and they add a taste of Brazil on "Recife". The duo delivers non-stop. It is a sizzler!” D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz NewsletterFIRST NAME BASIS“The latest ‘First Name Basis’will find a home along side the others. Solid playing, steady grooves and masterful writing. The title track says it all....’Take That’....I will and lots more. Keep it smooth." Bob Farrow, Music Director, CIWV-Wave 94.7fm.“Gabriel chooses his musical weapons wisely.... Versatile & well-versed, Hasselbach has forged a career as a pioneer and innovator on the Canadian contemporary scene & with each successive project he continues to raise the bar!! Gabriel ... First Name Basis is another excellent effort & one on which Hasselbach continues to provide ample proof that he belongs among the elite of Smooth Jazz artists. Several selections rank among the finest that he's ever recorded and undoubtedly Gabriel will win over a new legion of fans with this release!!”Ted Hasiuk - Jazz Lynx Cafe Jazz RadioSWINGIN' AFFAIR“Love the CD Swingin' Affair! Very excited to play it for our listeners. What a service to bring this level of jazz to a large geographic area in the middle of the USA!” Mary Palmer Music Director High Plains Public Radio/KANZGABRIEL'S HORNS”In this age of specialization, it is a challenge to be a specialist in diversification, yet this is where I find myself."If Gabriel Mark Hasselbach’s music is jazz, then Gabriel’s Horns could sell as a franchise. It is targeted to listeners who play music to brighten their days. Hasselbach achieves this goal beautifully in just over 60 minutes. The sound is slickly dripped with an honesty that makes this music hard to place within jazz, or without it.Accomplished and relaxing, Gabriel’s Horns has value added in production elements that serve to remove the edge from any given day. “Uber Smooth” uses raindrop keyboard effects reminiscent of the Doors’ “Riders on the Storm,” yet this song contrasts the spatial effect with highly competent horn playing. “Groovalicious Bumpus” shakes you out of sedation in a nine-minute groove that pumps with purposeful attitude. “When You Look for Love” would be smooth jazz radio’s obvious choice. “Soulmates” soothingly explores musical paths that were defined 20 years ago, but it does so well. The back half of the record re-establishes a rejuvenating catharsis of smooth music.The title track is the best song on this record, a potpourri of winded aural environments with a lovely melody line spaced by layered keyboard textures. Critics may deem this record to be too slick. If slick is bad, Hasselbach is guilty, but he unabashedly excels in the music’s mainstream. Gabriel’s Horns is absolutely produced. The mix is clear yet textured, incorporating a world of sounds. The whole record holds 4/4 time, songs are strategically slow-faded, and the last two tracks are vocal reprisals of their former selves. This record is as much created as played.Gabriel’s Horns packs musical ideas into a density that acknowledges commerce, but Gabriel Mark Hasselbach is easily talented enough to deviate from that norm in the future. If you think real jazz must be hard to grasp, you won’t like this record. Those of us who shun that debate are drawn to this music as a fan is to art.”AllAboutJazz.com (Staff Review)"Highly competent horn playing.... a potpourri of winded aural environments..... unabashedly excels in the music's mainstream" Gregory J. Robb AllAboutJazz.com "GABRIEL'S HORNS has a long shelf life, you will not be taking this one out of the CD player anytime soon." Sandy Shore/ SmoothJazz.com"Good Smooth Jazz should appeal to a wider audience but maintain some semblance of Jazz and this album does that....... catchy grooves .... an ingredient that may please the traditionalists who are not usually open to Smooth Jazz....... I see "Gabriel's Horns" as another hit album in a very successful career." John Beaudin 103.1 The Breeze/ SmoothjazzCanada.com "Gabriel Mark Hasselbach is a talented multi-instrumentalist whose music receives prominent airplay on the Jazz Cafe channel here at Max Trax. Maui Rain has a smooth groove that fits in perfectly with our sound. This bright, sunny song is only the first of what I hope to be several single releases from "Gabriel's Horns" -- we want more!" Carol Ann Murray, MaxTrax Performance: 5, Sound: 4, “Gabriel reigns as one of Canada's best contemporary jazz artists. He plays trumpet, flugelhorn, flutes and percussion all with a warm, smooth character. Most of the music was written and produced by Hasselbach with strong contributions from Jeff Holl (guitar, keyboards). The tunes immediately sound familiar and relaxing. Upbeat vocals from Christine Duncan add variety to the mix including a fresh arrangement of "Chain of Fools". Some of the best are "Uber Smooth", "Turn On To Summer", "When You Look For Love" and "Concubine" but we guarantee contemporary jazz lovers will find lots to like among the 13 tracks.“[O's Place Jazz Newsletter]LIVE ON MAUI“…… a recording that should be in every music library in the country…. an excellent recording which should propel Hasselbach to a prominent position in Canadian music and beyond. Gabriel Mark Hasselbach is easily Canada's best kept secret in music, a talent deserving of much broader recognition.” Ray Alexander [Host/Producer of ‘Fascinatin' Rhythm ‘ CKUW Radio', Founder of Jazz Winnipeg Festival & contributor to The Jazz Report Magazine]"Hasselbach's music is a fresh new sound in the world of Smooth Jazz and I am pleased to inform you that we have added three tracks from his latest works to our main rotate on the Australian Smooth Jazz Radio Network. We will probably add another couple of tracks to our main rotate in the coming months. Like a fine wine, good music must be enjoyed to its fullest. Gabriel Mark's fine artistry seems to successfully combine the commercial aspects of Smooth Jazz with the overtures of true contemporary jazz. I recommend you buy it. And see why the listeners Down Under find it so enjoyable." -Terence Gaynon, Program Director, Australian Smooth Jazz Radio Network"A welcome import on the Maui and Hawaiian jazz scene! Great production, terrific tunes, and it sounds hot on my jazz show!" Jack Gist, Jack's Jazz, KAOI Wailuku“This multi-talented musician tackles brass duties with taste; he moves smoothly through flugelhorn, flute, trumpet, and alto flute instrumentation. His grasp of electronic wind instruments is also noteworthy…” Mark D’Antonio, Maui Time Review“… jazz works best when an artist combines different elements of the jazz umbrella and Hasselbach does this on ‘Live On Maui’. Hasselbach’s own Salsa Picosa sounds like a smooth jazz hit single if there ever was one. The vibe here is bright, happy and confident, one listen and you’ll be hooked. ‘Live On Maui’ is an inventive, sophisticated live album that’s bound to please anyone remotely interested in any genre of Jazz.” John Beaudin QMFM Radio“Did Gabriel Mark Hasselbach's parents have a premonition by naming him Gabriel ? We earthlings have been so blessed with the versatile, cool, funky and even celestial sounds produced by this US born, Vancouver artist that it makes me wonder if the arch angel himself has personally sprinkled Hasselbach with a little extra talent and ability.” Darryl Klause - host - City Jazz -My City Radio"I have added the Hasselbach disc to our rotation. I like "Moanin'" that's a good one! Mike Jacobs , KIOS Omaha“We're really enjoying the new Live on Maui CD! It's been in a heavy rotation for a few weeks now, and we're reporting our spins to Gavin's Jazz chart” Bob Stewart, KCCK Cedar Rapids "Live On Maui is getting tons of calls and air play on our Quiet Storm show. It is going to heavy rotation, and we will report to Gavin." Robert Griffin, KABF Little Rock"It's not slow, smooth jazz, but has a great drive making for a great, moving evening....." TheCelebrityCafe.comCOME OUT SWINGIN' "...a jazz master class.... if you are looking for an amazing collection of well performed jazz pieces, this is your album." Bob D'Eith [The Voice]This is a rich, fantastic jazz album featuring the seductive horns of Gabriel Mark Hasselbach. Sandy Shore/ SmoothJazz.com "On previous recordings, Vancouver instrumentalist Mark Hasselbach has lingered ...in a place that doesn't show what he can do. On this CD he opens things up shows superb tone on on both flute and trumpet." Marke Andrews [Vancouver Sun] "Hasselbach's first instrument is trumpet, but since he discovered MIDI and other technology, he's rarely limited himself to tootling for its own sake." Tom Harrison [Province] "Come Out Swingin' is a fine recording of mainstream jazz; Hasselbach clearly understands the genre, and so does his crack quartet..... Multi-instrumentalists often sound capable on their instruments, but rarely exceptional; Hasselbach demonstrates a command on each and every one of his chosen instruments that is impressive..... fans of more mainstream jazz will be impressed by the approach Hasselbach has taken to a set of well-worn standards; in his hands they are well-worth revisiting." John Kelman JazzReview.com "Hasselbach embraces his music totally in his ability to transform his musical ideas intelligently for the discerning ears of the listener in clear, cogent, musical language.....without resorting to technique-oriented double talk. He offers his listeners the essence of the finer elements of jazz, delivered to our ears for sensuous pleasure. What an nice surprise...." George W.Carroll ejazz news "Hasselbach has assembled a collection of standards and originals [and] gives them extremely listenable treatments..... 'You Don't Know What Love Is' remains my favourite ..... Hasselbach brings exceptionally cool flute to it and infuses a detached tone that still isn't devoid of emotion. It broods and hovers .... I liked the sense of space created .... room to remind anyone over-familiar with it just how lovely it is. I think it is a tribute to any musician or band if they can extract another shade of blue from this old-timer and still leave the listener wanting to hear it again .... they do that. Throughout the tracks there is plenty of meaty soloing from GMH in particular, purposefully constructed and full of ideas .. very much to discover and enjoy here. [Paul Donnelly U.K. Press] Performance: 5, Sound: 4, “Hasselbach plays a very sweet melodic trumpet. He also plays flugelhorn, flute, trombone and evi. The music, a combination of classics with a couple of originals really swings. "Angel Eyes" shows Gabriel's romantic side. Miles Black tickles the ivories, standing out on "Blue Miles". Craig Scott plays drums with Miles Foxx Hill on bass. Guest vocalist Michael Buble' rounds out the session on a nice arrangement of "I've Got You Under My Skin". The variety of approaches and strong arrangements make an inviting set that you'll want to listen to repeatedly.... “ [O's Place Jazz Newsletter]PASSION"Striving for the crossover of Dave Grusin and crowd and he succeeds." Marke Andrews [Vancouver Sun]"Nice sound....catchy beat...there's an audience for this." Lois Moody [Ottawa Herald] SOLAR WINDS"Smooth as burnished steel....remarkable versatility." Douglas Todd [Vancouver Sun]"Its tunes stand up, and even cheer....enhanced by Hasselbach's fine flute work...lovely..breezy." Sandra Burlingame [Earshot Jazz Magazine]"Hasselbach's Solar Winds is a masterpiece....innovative work that distinctly marks him a leader in his field...impeccable musical credentials on trumpet, flute, trombone, flugelhorn, alto sax, bass flute, and kalimba." [RPM Weekly] "We think it's terrific! Solar Winds is on our playlist as of this week." [KKGO Radio Los Angeles] "Hasselbach admirably fills the chair in this city as first call trumpet players go, and when it comes to writing fine contemporary charts, his name isn't far from the top of the list either." Dave Grierson [Georgia Straight] "His abilities as a composer are on a par with his competence as a musician and I have no trouble seeing his material being picked up by others....Solar Winds should find favor with a wide cross section of listeners." Alex Varty [Georgia Straight] HASSELBLAST!" .... Hasselblast! [Hasselbach's 1986 album] ... was 20 years ahead of its day. It was better than Botti is now, and right in there with Hubert Laws in terms of contemporary jazz flute" Arnold Schwisberg, Broadcaster and Founder & Producer of Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler (2011 comment) "Gabriel Mark may look like a mild mannered young executive with a horn, but appearances mask a funkmeister of diverse talents." Elle O'Day [Georgia Straight] "... an adventurous dive into techno-funk steeped in atmosphere...many rich textures..." Tom Harrison [Canadian Musician Magazine] "When does Hasselbach breathe?" Murray Ginsberg [International Musician Magazine]