band's name is just as colorful and brightly vibrant as their music.
Dreaming In Colour are bassist Kevin Ellis, drummer Chris
Noonan and guitarist Joe Calandrino. Kevin founded the band with the
desire to play rock jazz with a contemporary touch. Chris Noonan has
studied with Dave Weckl and Jim Chapin in L.A. and follows the same
style. Joe Calandrino holds a Bachelor of music performance from
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and completes the trio.
During the recordings of their debut album The Dream Merchant
(2012) the band was joined by keyboardists Jeff Lorber and Tim Pascoal,
as well sax players Nelson Rangell and Eric Marienthal. In view of
these jazz fusion greats one might not sure in which direction the
train is driving, but the first notes allure with smooth jazz tones.
The up-tempo Chromatic smiles with a melodious theme but with
Lorber on keys the song satisfies with prolific instrumental
mastership. Yearbook keeps smooth jazz and jazz fusion in a
grooving balance. Twilight Drive features Eric Marienthal on
alto sax with a jazzy approach, but it's Jeff Lorber who lets the song
shine with nice phrasings on Rhodes piano.
On title piece The Dream Merchant Nelson Rangell presents a heartfelt tune
in a divine harmony with the entire band. A crosswind is any wind that
has a perpendicular component to the line or direction of travel.
Musically spoken Crosswinds is the clash of different styles,
concrete the energetic fusion impact of Eric's sax with the ironically
smooth jazz part of fusion king Jeff Lorber.
Keepsakes is a gift that evokes memories of a person or event
with which it is associated. Jeff's present is not less than a basket
of contemporary jazz. The powerful Percolator sees the group
still on the contemporary jazz field. On Waiting In Texas
Marienthal and Lorber team up again following Chris Noonan's melodious
On Davy's Byrne Marienthal had too work hard to fill the tune
with so many horns. All musicians shared this syncopated theme with
great fun. No More Goodbyes is destined as final song on the
band's live concerts. Influence of Tower Of Power, Chicago or East Bay
Soul are audible in the wonderful horn arrangements. On the last song
Eric Marienthal takes over the theme of Twilight Drive this
time on soprano sax.
With The Dream Merchant Dreaming In Colour show their vivid and
energetic approach to contemporary jazz. Supported by star team
players like Jeff Lorber and Eric Marienthal they succeed to move the
audience through their prolific performance.