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Acquainted With the Night
Pieces of a Dream
1. Ru Ready
2. Night Vision
3. On That Note...
4. Upside Down
5. Off the Hook
6. Brand Nu Start
7. Acquainted With the Night
8. Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going to?)
11. Picture This
Jeff Chestek; Jon Smeltz
This is an Enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Pieces Of A Dream: James Lloyd (piano, keyboards, programming); Curtis Harmon (drums, triangle).
Additional personnel: Maysa Leak, Ramona Dunlap (vocals); Eddie Baccus Jr. (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones); Gerald Albright (alto & tenor saxophones, EWI, keyboards, programming); Kenny Blake (alto & tenor saxophones); Henri McMillan (trumpet); Cherie Mitchell (keyboards); Randy Bowland (acoustic & electric guitars); Ronny Jordan (guitar); David Dyson (bass); Bryan Brock (congas, percussion).
Producers include: James Lloyd, Dave Love, Martin Walters, Gerald Albright, Randy Bowland.
Recorded at The Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Pieces of a Dream celebrates their 25th anniversary with this debut for Heads Up International, Acquainted With the Night. The Philadelphia-based band offers 12 new tracks written by co-founders James Lloyd and Curtis Harmon along with several other songwriters, including saxophonist Gerald Albright and Michael Bearden. The British acid jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan, vocalist Maysa Leak, and saxophonist Kenny Blake round out the list of stellar guest stars. Opening with "Ru Ready," the group launches into a series of musical portraits that seem to suggest a little philosophical parable heaped from their 25 years of experience. "Night Vision" captures the theme of the CD, with its riffs that suggest the ambience of twinkling stars in a night sky. These phrases are effectively portrayed through Lloyd's piano sensibilities and light flourishes. For those that remain unable to liberate themselves from the quiet beauty of smooth jazz, this CD creates a musical experience that not only chronicles the expertise of Pieces of a Dream, but affords their listeners a prominent escape from the ordinary "quiet storm" incubators that pervade the airwaves. This is by far their best release since Joyride and a huge jump in musical credibility due to their extensive inclusion of notable songwriters and guest artists that manage to sharpen the artistic visions on this project. ~ Paula Edelstein
JazzTimes (6/01, p.145) - "...The music is contemporary while still managing to evoke memories of the '70s and '80s....It's smooth jazz, but on the funky side..."
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