legends are back. Three young musicians from Philadelphia founded
Pieces Of A Dream in 1976.
Keyboardist James Lloyd, drummer Curtis Harmon and former bassist
Cedric A. Napoleon were the founder of the group. Later Napoleon left
the group. Since more than 25 years are James Lloyd and Curtis Harmon
the backbone of smooth jazz. The late Grover Washington jr. discovered
and supported the group and produced their first three albums "Pieces
Of A Dream", "Imagine This" and "We Are One". Since 2001 Pieces Of A
Dream are releasing their albums at the Heads Up International record
label ("Acquainted with the Night", "Love Silhouette", "No Assembly
"This is another great chapter in a great story," says Lloyd. "It's a
privilege to still be doing it after so many years. Making your way in
the music business can be a perilous undertaking, especially these
days, but the fact that Pieces has been together as long as it has
says something about who we are - as musicians and as people - and the
kind of music that we make." After passing these great words let's
have a quick glimpse at their new masterpiece.
Starter is the dynamic tune "House
Arrest" featuring Eddie Baccus
jr. on saxophone. Co-authored by Harmon and Bennie Simms, the track is
Harmon's way of keep the longstanding Pieces groove alive for a new
generation of listeners. "That's an instrumental song with more of a
house beat," says Harmon. "Part of what wanted to accomplish with the
songs that I contributed was to bring a fresh new sound to Pieces. I
wanted to make some danceable instrumental music." Listening to the
stomping beat and Eddie's pushing blows the desire to dance arises
is presenting Tony Watson jr. on saxophone. The major solo instrument
in smooth jazz is the saxophone and this album makes no difference to
this principle. The tune was co-written by Najee. So we are in the
heart of smooth jazz and when you know the sound of Euge Groove,
Marion Meadows, Kirk Whalum or Dave Koz that's exactly the music.
More personally is
Female singer of this seductive melody is Ramona Dunlap. Dunlap’s rich
vocal presence has been a part of the Pieces stage show in the past,
and she was first introduced to worldwide audiences on the Pieces of a
Dream "Acquainted With The Night" album. “Ramona is very professional,
very much to the point with her craft” says Harmon. “It took no more
than one ore two takes to get what we needed from her. She was very
clear about what she was doing.” The audience of Atlanta, New York and
other cities were already mesmerized by her enchanting show.
On the mellow
Scotti Mann is humming along Greg Riley's saxophone line. Backed by
strings, guitar riffs and keyboard sounds the melody is attractive and
Christopher Cross (aka Geppert) is
the icon of contemporary pop. His mega-hit "Sailing"
is unforgettable. James Lloyd 's new arrangement reveals the beauty of
the melody in all its facets.
James Lloyd is a brilliant piano
player. On Wake Up Call
he touchs the keys tigerishly. A real show-piece.
If you should search a hearttouching
melody listen to Teresa.
Such seductive melodies are James' trademark.
Those Three Words
is the second song featuring Ramona Dunlap. R&B influenced by jazz.
In That Mood
is a slow tune initiated by Tony Watson jr.'s idea of music
More tempo and motion is to find in
the following Attitude.
A tune written by James Lloyd with some impressive piano lines.
Washingtonian Cherie "Sweet Cherie"
Mitchell (Chic, Maysa Leak, Prince, Angela Bofill) is an excellent
piano and keyboard player who already co-laborated with Pieces on
"Acquainted with the Night", "Ahead To The Past" and "Sensual
Embrace". She also penned
Your Love featuring female
singer Ramona Dunlap. A romantic love ballade with a compelling
On Pillow Talk
James Lloyd tickles anew ivory and ebony with elegance and gratitude.
"We're more than just bandmates," says Lloyd. "We're family. We've
been through good times and bad, and that just makes the music deeper
and better. This album is just another example of what happens when
two brothers who've grown up on the same creative track get together
and bring out the best in each other."
It's a blessing that
James Lloyd and Curtis Harmon started their career as young teenagers.
This fact, their musical grandeur and fellowship is a guarantor
for many albums of great artistry in their prosperous and splendid