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Music, Lyrics

by Donald Rubinstein (drawing, Bill Frisell/Donald Rubinstein)


“The quality and grace with which Donald Rubinstein fuses classical, traditional, medieval, folk, jazz fusion and rock is flawless…His music is superb.” Music 4 Film

“With only the quiet power of Bill Frisell's guitar providing a backdrop, Donald Rubinstein has created an awesome display of the hold that music can have...I’ve had this playing over and over for many months and it changes with me, like the best expressions do. “Time Again” is able to be majestic and deeply personal, displaying a solitary reflection that embraces humanity. The music has a free, improvisational feel throughout that is more blues than anything else, which I believe establishes a foundation for the emotions it speaks so beautifully. Frisell’s guitar is the perfect companion throughout. In fact you’re never quite sure if it’s the guitar or the vocalist who’s guiding you here;’ the match is that solid. A treasure. Gajoob Magazine

"Blessed with a splendid singing voice, Donald Rubinstein is a remarkable talent who can be both very humorous and deeply moving." Heaven Magazine 

"Donald Rubinstein’s newest release is a musical revelation....this imaginative work displays both innovation and guts. In order to describe it better, I fear I would have to wax poetic about the visual imagery it inspires within my twisted imagination…I am a firm believer in the power of "The Witness.” Mic Line  

“A poet in a Dylanesque vein, Rubinstein's singing voice reminds me of a tired, more world weary Bruce Springsteen. In the singer/songwriter vein, I’d rather hear Rubinstein than any of the more popular artists.” Cadence Magazine  

"A composer and songwriter of stellar proportions...and his songs, Elton John wished he wrote." John Densmore, The Doors   

"Donald Rubinstein: His music and art defy categorization-Ultimately, an incredible archaeology, and encyclopedia of musical forms that invite us into his own Emerald City.” Trend Magazine

“The music was composed and played by pianist Donald Rubinstein…minimal, sad, lovely, melancholy and touching.  Perfect for a moody flick.” New York Downtown Music Gallery

“His tunes are instantly iconic.” Seattle Weekly

"I'd Rather Be a Wanderer"