than twenty albums, over forty years creative work. Pieces
Of A Dream are an institution in the smooth jazz genre
beyond their early expectations. With Just Funkiní
Around they build the next pave stone to international
This project was recorded by Curtis Harmon (keyboards,
James Lloyd, George Granville lll (keyboards),
David Dyson (bass and keyboards), Randy Bowland (guitar), and Tony Watson
Jr. (saxophones and keyboards). Remarkably, the band waives the use of
drum computer and programming.
The album kicks of with the funk infused
Right Back Atcha inspired by Steve Wonder's music. A
performance with lots of pep. Just Funkin' Around
goes the extra mile, when it comes to funk. Wah-wah guitar,
a ducky sax, Hammond B3, organic in sound with the awareness
of rooting the execution moves to the next level.
With the powerful Shaken, Not Stirred Pieces of A
Dream draw the sax ass.
Tony Watson Jr. is the real deal. On Sensuosity James
Lloyd creeps into the pulse of smoothness with the mild
sweetness of his keyboard. Fast Lane opts the foot
stamping, hand-clapping mode cheering for encouragement.
A new musician, a new flow, A New Day. The
breathtaking synth expression is George Granville III's
superb contribution to this great album. The forceful On
the Move presents the high artistic skills of the group
especially of James Lloyd and Tony Watson Jr. in an
electrifying way. No Doubt reveals an unbridled joy
of creativity in a groovy shuffle.
Let's Do This places saxophonist Tony Watson Jr.
into the limelight, while Randy Bowland's funky guitar plays
the rhythm part. Manhattan is a central theme in
the work of Pieces Of A Dream. Some might remember their
Goodbye Manhattan from the albums Goodbye Manhattan
and Sensual Embrace: The Soul Ballads. In strong
organ and piano keystrokes James masterly describes the
living pulse of a mighty city.
Pieces Of A Dream are one of the most consistent
and passionate groups of smooth jazz. With an abundance of
flawless musicianship on
they sovereignly continue to move to new levels of
leadership within the smooth jazz genre.