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“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

“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...Time Again is able to be majestic and deeply personal, displaying a solitary reflection that embraces humanity." Gajoob Magazine

"Donald Rubinstein’s newest release is a musical revelationThe Witness displays Rubinstein’s highly developed skills for mood-inducing orchestral pieces and jazz...It displays innovation and guts. I am a firm believer in the power of The Witness. Mic Line

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

“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

“A wildly diverse and exceptionally beautiful album. Rubinstein’s musical pallet is vivid and varied as he’s joined by a variety of musical explorers such as guitarist Bill Frisell...This is dream music where tender songs drift into dark musical landscapes, and then back into morning light. A wonderful CD.” Gajoob 

"Rubinstein conjures up images of a true bohemian in the fashion of Kerouac or Ginsberg in their prime. His songs are haunting in text and blend jazz, blues, folk and soul in their rendering. His sad, sultry, slightly raspy voice has the quality of a man worn down. The sounds and images linger long after." Dramalogue

"Plays like the after-hour musings of a (much) hipper John Hiatt." New Times Los Angeles

“This CD brings together Knitting Factory Record Artists Zony Mash, featuring Wayne Horvitz, with songwriting genius Donald Rubinstein...Rubinstein's music amazes me.”  Derek Sivers, Founder, CD Baby                                                  

“(Donald Rubinstein) is a remarkable talent who can be both very humorous and deeply moving...Blessed with a splendid singing voice, Rubinstein excels as he is joined by, amongst others, Lloyd Maines, David Mansfield and Sara K. Heaven Magazine (Netherlands)

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

His tunes are instantly iconic.” Seattle Weekly