legendary group Pieces Of A Dream is an original
Philadelphian smooth jazz formation. Keyboardist James
Lloyd, drummer Curtis Harmon and former bassist Cedric
Napoleon, became popular under the patronage of Grover
Washington Jr. Later Cedric left the group, what their
success did not diminish. After Soul Intent, Pieces
of a Dream’s latest effort on Heads Up, the group now sails
under the flag of Shanachie Entertainment.
Their 20th album In The Moment is just released and
is so fresh that POAD hasn't even updated their new website.
The album features superstar guitarist Rhon Lawrence, up and
coming saxophonist Tony Watson, Jr. and bassist David Dyson.
Shanachie label stalwart Chris "Big Dog" Davis joins these
In The Moment is a instantaneous inventory of where
the band currently stands. The group
shows itself in the formation, in which they also
frequently occurs as a live act. It is also the style
that represents the group. Tony Watson Jr. leaves it all on
the stage and also on this recording. No overdub but pure
sax. Tony is no unknown, he also performed on CDs of Walter
and previous albums of POAD.
For Real starts with an outstanding dialogue
between keyboardist Lloyd and bassist David Dyson, both are
expanding their parts in the following to impressive solos.
Steppers "D" Lite is dedicated to Zumba-trainer
"Lady D", who
put together a line dance to the POAD song Summer.
James is besotted with the sound of his Yahama Motif
keyboards. Several years ago he wrote a composition. He
"Every time I hear it I get misty eyed."
Exactly that is the title of the piece with a huge romantic
vibe. Now jumps producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis in the
ring with TTYL (I'm Driving) featuring guitarist
Rhon Lawrence. Synth and guitar sound melt to an attractive
People Say is a typical Sunday-morning-feel-good
song with Tony Watson on sax painting the melody and an
awesome guitar solo by Rhon. A very popular genre is New
jack swing spearheaded by Teddy Riley. Together with Jimmy
Jam they influenced a whole generation of musicians James
Lloyd included. NewJazz Swing is his
personal tribute. Under The
Influence (Of Pieces) is a tune with a great piano
performance wrapped around some drum and keyboards
Drummer Curtis penned the romantic ballad Never Let It
End with Babyface's
style in mind. Rhon and Tony add some instrumental charm.
"Just Rhodes and sax and that’s it!"
was the idea behind the soulful Coming Home,
written by Tony and James. Sometimes like here is less more.
To consistently perform this motto to an end, James
continues with There Will Never Be Another You,
a jazz standard and solo piano piece by Oscar Peterson.
James Lloyd and Curtis Harmon have
realized, that versatility pays off. It is not easy always
to reinvent themselves. But the two have succeeded with
In The Moment.
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Title: In The Moment
Artist: Pieces Of A Dream
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment
01 In The Moment [5:33]
02 For Real [4:50]
03 Steppers "D" Lite [3:43]
04 Misty-Eyed [4:38]
05 TTYL (I'm Driving) [4:29]
06 People Say [5:08]
07 NewJazz Swing [3:44]
08 Under The Influence (Of Pieces) [4:30]
09 Never Let It End [5:55]
10 Coming Home [5:21]
11 There Will Never Be Another You [3:57]
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