Pieces Of A Dream - Love's Silhouette
a longtime I observe the career of one of the most acclaimed group of
Smooth Jazz: Pieces Of A
Dream. Naturally I have all their albums with these exceptions:
All releases in vinyl as "Imagine This", "Rising to the
Top", "In Performance at the Playboy Jazz Festival" or
"Ain't My Love Enough". My big wish: a re-issue of these albums on
CD. They are also to find on compilations as "Outside In",
"Save Some Time For Me", "Say La La",
"Sunshine" and "Winning Streak". POAD are the
pioneers of Smooth Jazz. From 1981 to 1984 they started with their
first three albums "Pieces Of A Dream", "We Are
One" and "Imagine This". There were only a few artists,
playing this typical mixture of jazz and R&B at that early period. Another
one was George Benson with "Give Me The Night".
The group based their name on Pieces of Dreams, a cover tune by
Stanley Turrentine that the group performed. POAD has just started
their new website http://piecesjazz.com/
with information about all members. I hope they will also add their
complete discography, which I am still missing. Very informative is
also Heads Up Records' artist site, where you can find a biography,
soundsamples and a review about this album with comments of the
group’s co-founders – keyboardist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis
Silhouette" is their second album on the Heads Up label after
their label debut "Acquainted With The Night". The album
contains 14 songs over 1 hour and 7 minutes and it fullfills all
expectations. There is a lot of all styles from R&B to jazz to
find on this album, so radio-stations and listeners will be pleased.
Up can be recognized like an old friend. It's a summary of
urban contemporary and Smooth Jazz of the last decade with a familiar
melody structure and rhythm. Tailored for the radio-stations like a
tailor-made suit. Just perfect.
Silhouette was composed by James Lloyd
and named by his wife. Listen to James' virtuosity in piano play and
enjoy Eddie Bacus jr.'s
faboulous sax play. Although Eddie isn't world-known as POAD, he
has already performed with and alongside such artists as Regina
Carter, Dianne Reeves,Vesta Williams, Norman Connors, Miki Howard,
Jean Carne, Angela Bofill, Phil Perry, George Duke, Najee, Bobby
Watson, Marcus Belgrave, Lester Bowie, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller,
Regina Belle, Rachelle Ferrell, Ronny Jordan, Gerald Veasley, Grover
Washington Jr. and many others. It's high time to bring him into limelight.
showcases another great sax player: Joseph
Vincelli. Joe's new album is called "This Life" and
available over his website http://www.joevincelli.com/merchandise/index.htm.
Mission Possible is a real appetizer for Joe's own albums, isn't it?
theme of I Feel
Like Singin' is
music, the interpret Tracy
Hamlin. Her sexy intonation gave
me the creeps. "Tracy Hamlin is a songbird that will
continue to ring out a unique resonance in this new millennium."
Let her out of the gilded cage and give her an own contract. The girl
The Night is the
night of James Lloyd
's impressing piano play. My only complaint: the shortness of every
piece. I would like to hear an extensive piano solo. Perhaps next time
on a live album?
& Easy gives exposure to Gerald
Veasley. I met this exceptional bassist on a cruise in January to
Mexico. On board he just travelled as a guest, but was so kindly to
give an unforgettable concert. His style is unmistakable and so
complex, that every piece he plays becomes a solo. Bass players which
want to learn his style, should join his workshops.
Perception is an awefull arrangement of synthesizered sounds
and choired sax play. If you compare this song with the Rippingtons
(Jeff Charney) or with EWF. It has it all. This tune is an absolutely
Pieceful Dreams the blessed James Lloyd
shows more of his talent and skillfullness. He has the golden fingers.
A Midas of the piano.
Faire means "know to do" in French and POAD know their
flavor develops the uptempo Enmascarada.
Todd Parsnow and his acoustic guitar is the hero of this piece sharing
the merits with James and his fantastic pianoplay. You can listen
further to Todd's impressing chops on Rebirth
of Kirk Franklin, Keepin'
It Real by
Joe McBride & the Texas Rhythm Club,
by Gregory O'Quin 'N Noyze or Danny
Federici by Danny Federici.
fans will like Let's Roll. James
demonstrates his synthi sound. Todd
Parsnow plays brilliant electric guitar slicks.
is POAD's contemplative memorial contribution to the 11th September. Todd
guitar and James Lloyd
's piano are weaving this dream.
means Slither? Obviously not a
description of the quality of this funky piece with professional
contributions of all artists.
missed a cover? Well, the final My Funny
Valentine featuring Tracy Hamlin on vocals was originally
composed and written by Richard Rodgers (composer) & Lorenz Hart
(songwriter). Further notable songs of this creative duo are for
example "Blue Moon" or "The Lady Is A Tramp". My
Funny Valentine is a classical jazz song, already sung by Billie
Holliday, Sarah Vaughan, Rita Hayworth and Carmen Rae. A look
at All Music Guide counts 800 versions of this song! Tracy
Hamlin 's interpretation is intimate and near to the original.
is no doubt, that Pieces Of A Dream will return into the charts with
this album. "Love's
has a high commercial potential and its attractivity is founded on a
big bunch of hooking melodies setting a new reference in Smooth Jazz
quality. Move heaven and earth to get this album.