DJD’s Better Get Hit in Your Soul conjures up erratic jazzman — warts and all – Calgary Herald, November 2013 by Stephen Hunt
All of it is delivered in a richly satisfying blend of recorded music and a live trio, led by DJD musical director Rubim di Toledo, that reinterprets Mingus’s compositions, transforming the Big Secret — which has been subtly redesigned by Scott Reid — into a 52nd Street jazz club, circa 1958.
The band, led by Rubim de Toledo, conjures up one rich layer of funkified jazz after another throughout the night, and you’re liable to spontaneously shout out “Mojitos for all my friends! … de Toledo’s band shines infusing C-Legs — and the rest of the show — with as much of a jazz club feel as a funkified one … After the break, de Toledo’s tunes blend beautifully with Begins’ projected images on Beat Driven Post Wonderment.
CD Review from Legacy Magazine, Winter 2009
by Ron Chalmers
Bassist and composer Rubim de Toledo must be one of Alberta’s
busiest and most accomplished musicians ...
De Toledo fuses the rhythmic styles of Latin American music and
post-war American jazz evoking, Heitor Villa-Lobos, contemporary
salsa, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane – while achieving
something entirely fresh ...
(jazz scene) abounds in performers with virtuosic technique. The
eternal challenge is to innovative material that is thoughtful,
challenging, accessible, listenable and enjoyable. Rubim de Toledo’s
The River is all of that.
On Dance, Creativity and Corporate Teamwork
from See magazine, Feb 2010 by Kathleen Bell
... by simply listening to Toledo’s most recent album,
the River, you start to understand the importance of that dynamic
(teamwork, flexibility and creativity). It’s not about showing
off, but creating a seamless dance from idea to idea, measure to
measure, note to note.
Inspiration Flowed from Flood from the Edmonton
Journal, April 2009 by Roger Levesque
... all of that made The River one of the finest Jazz albums
of the year ...
Light-hearted Dancers in Love gets the party started from Calgary Herald, April 2013 by Stephen Hunt
CD Review from CKUA website, March 2009 by
It knocks me out, first for how de Toledo's writing and
arranging sets up tasty harmonies, then for the depth of intuitive
playing and the excellent sound that captures it, and finally for
some intangible element we'll just call soul.
The obvious familiarity between bassist de Toledo, trumpeter Bob
Tildesley, pianist Chris Andrew and drummer
Tyler Hornby certainly adds to the effortless quality of the performances
but I suspect the experience of playing for dancers also helped
inspire their buoyant spirits. When he solos you can feel de Toledo
tip-toeing or springing around on those strings and the exchanges
between them all conjure up even more mental imagery.
in Blue Haze, the full company, dressed in Paul Lavigne’s original black and white costumes, conjure up the jazz era of 1950s New York, with a fat, meaty bass lick laid down by Rubim de Toledo.
2009 a busy year for jazz Musician from Jazz
Elements website, Feb 2009 by Cindy McLeod
Rubim de Toledo is one of the most sought-after studio and
performing artists on Alberta’s jazz scene. The versatile
bassist is also considered a Brazilian / Cuban master, and is active
on the Rock, R&B and Folk scenes ... The release (The River)
is one of three great jazz projects to hit the market in 2009 that
Rubim has helped to create all three.