Of A Dream - No Assembly Required
Of A Dream, my all-time-favorites, will release a new album April
27th. "No Assembly Required" is an album which continues the
long list of good albums POAD already have released in more then 20
years of their career.
POAD was founded in 1975 in Philadelphia when the principal members
were all teenagers. Under the patronage of jazz legend Grover Washington
jr. they started in 1981 with their first album "Pieces Of A
Dream" and all albums were milestones of smooth jazz with the
exception of the album "'Bout Dat Time", which was
more a disco CD. Since 2001 POAD are signed with Heads Up
International and the result are albums like "Acquainted With The
Night" and "Love's Silhouette".
The upcoming album is a continuing
process of professionalism. The album starts with It's
Go Time. Eddie Baccus wrote that piece together with James
Lloyd. The prolific sax player has recorded four cd's with
the group: "Pieces", "Ahead to the Past", "Acquainted
with the Night" & "Love's Silhouette".
Devotion is a cover song of EWF's 1974
release "Open Your Eyes". It features vocalist Tracy Hamlin,
who already had her debut on "Love's Silhouette". Tracey's
vocal prowess is exceptional and I absolutely understand that POAD
love to perform with her. She is an asked singer and already played
together with Carlos Santana, Grainger, WPG Trio, Maysa and Dennis
David Dyson is the bassist
who regularly plays with POAD, when Gerald Veasley is prevented from
joining. His debut album "Soulmates"
was already reviewed on this website. David about his influences: "My
parents took me to concerts all the time: Earth, Wind & Fire;
Billy Preston; Rufus with Chaka Khan; Parliament with Bootsy on bass
-- the list goes on and on. What
first geared me toward jazz was Herbie Hancock's “Headhunters”; I
was nine years old when I heard it, and it knocked me out."
Dyse It Up
is a piece for a bass player written by David and James Lloyd. David
calls his music “Groovemotional”.
is featuring Jeff Robbins on sax. He is backed by James Lloyd playing
some keyboard riffs in a wah-wah mode. Versatile saxophonist Jeff
Robbins has worked with everyone from the Dallas Wind Symphony, Albert
Collins, B.B. King to Harry Connick, Jr. The track fits nicely in the
smooth jazz roaster.
has the experienced mélange of some piano, sax and (hip hop) drum
programming. James Lloyd played all instruments. This is
blazing piano mastership.
Who U Wit has
a solid drum background served by Curtis Harmon. Featured sax player
is Jason Davis. Jason is soloing on a closed melody structure.
collaboration with David Dyson is On Her
Wings. Anew I am admiring James Llyod's
piano running well accompanied by Todd Parsnow on guitar. I cite James
Lloyd: "It's really cool when you work with people whom you
respect musically and personally. You just sort of get a vibe going
and bam, there it is." Todd Parsnow is occasionally playing with
the group "Network".
He also played with Joe McBride on the albums "The
Texas Rhythm Club" and "Keepin' It
with Linny Nance on the album "On
& Poppin'", with Kirk
Franklin on "Rebirth" and a lot more.
tune James Lloyd love to play and we love to listen too. The tones are
sparkling in the sunshine, a catchy summer hit.
A Piece Of This?
Sure! This is funky and organatic. This is for jammers.
title track No
is featuring the next sax player: Joe
Vincelli. Joe's debut album is called "This Life".
Frankly spoken this is a James Lloyd piano tune "par excellence".
Especially the second part of the piece is a musical piano eruption.
Lullaby is a
short journey into New Age. "That started off as a
one-and-a-half-minute thing that we originally submitted for a movie,
but it didn't get accepted," James explains.
I wrote this review I have already read some other reviews about this
album. I was really surprised to find some negative comments in the
web. Well, all reviews are subjective. In fact you doesn't find
innovations on this album. But when a group is on such a high level of
musicality one can really light-heartedly renounce modernism. POAD
should stay on their line of music.