of a Dream are keyboardist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon.
Connected for an incredible forty plus years, they were and are an
beloved integral part of the smooth jazz community. Not at all
aloof, they keep a direct line to their ever-growing fan base.
Meanwhile is the new project Fired Up! (2021) their 25th
album and their fifth on the Shanachie Entertainment label.
Despite the obstacles of the corona pandemic, the duo is able to
record the album with the help of musician friends without any
major problems. This is where the many years of routine become
Both have written most tracks. Bass player David Dyson contributes
a song with Gettin' Through It. Further involved are Tony
Watson Jr. (sax), Parker Lewis (trumpet), Chris Harris (guitar),
Alexander Zonjic (flute), BK Jackson (sax), Justin Lee Schultz
(piano), and Donald "Pup" Bolding (guitar).
Starter of the album is In To Deep with which Pieces of a
Dream goes into full. The band is pressure fully supported by Tony
Watson Jr. on sax and Parker Lewis on trumpet. James doesn't miss
the chance to shine on the keyboard in a familiar way. He is
simply the showman.
The title Ear Candy is well deserved by the following
piece. The message is best spread through the saxophone and the
right messenger is Tony Watson Jr. who portrays it in all its
There is nothing forbidden in musicians making use of sound
sequences that have already proven themselves in their progression
in the past. Smoothing Out sounds suspiciously familiar,
yet pleases in its poignant melodiousness. With the protagonist
Alexander Zonjic, James has already shaped many performances in
the Detroit area.
Livin' The Life pleases with funky attitude, which gives
the piece a young dynamic touch. Saxophonist Bk Jackson and
keyboardist James do a great job with crisp solos. You can hardly
believe your ears. Old drum programs are actually being used on
Just Do It!. And let me tell you, with resounding
In the exciting and entertaining succession, we have already
arrived at the title track. The full-bodied song contains all the
elements that made smooth jazz so great. With Feelin' Good,
Curtis Harmon has given romance a place on the album. Chris Harris
on acoustic guitar, Tony Watson Jr. and James ensure an
On It's A Vibe Chris Harris provides the piece some rocky
pepper with his distorted guitar. The sax-heavy Gettin'
Through It plays into Tony Watson's hands. More overdub isn't
possible. James Lloyd shows us with Going Home that he
didn't waste his ammunition with the previous songs. A masterpiece
of musical art.
Pieces of a Dream have made the most of their incredibly long
musical careers to perfect their talents in performance,
arrangement and composition. With Fired Up! they put
another slice on top.
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Title: Fired Up!
Artist: Pieces Of A Dream
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1) In Too Deep (4:32)
2) Ear Candy (4:17)
3) Smoothing Out
4) Livin' The Life (4:13)
5) Just Do It! (4:35)
6) Fired Up! (4:06)
7) Feelin' Good (5:41)
8) It's A Vibe
9) Gettin' Through It (4:18)
10) Going Home (4:04)
No Assembly Required
In The Moment
Just Funkin' Around
On Another Note