The fact that Pieces Of A Dream are already releasing their 24th album is a clear sign of consistency and popularity, which is particularly noteworthy in the field of smooth jazz. Pieces Of A Dream are Curtis Harmon (keyboards, drums, percussion) and James K. Lloyd (keyboards).
Both are joined on the new album by Tony Watson Jr.(sax), Chris Harris (guitar), Elec Simon (drums), Bennie Sims, George Granville, Tony Watson Jr. (keyboards) on selected tracks. Curtis and James have essentially shared the compositional work, with assistance also received from Tony Watson Jr. and Bennie Sims on some songs.
Since their album Peaces (1997) the group has solidified their style based on the still popular smooth jazz. On Another Note doesn't make a difference when James Lloyd quickly reaches into the piano keys to a groovy shuffle beat. James likes to shine with his virtuoso interludes. With Tony Watson Jr. on the saxophone, the sound becomes full and rounded.
Floating grabs immediately your attention with a high emotional dreamlike flow. Chris Harris on acoustic guitar and Tony Watson Jr. on sax eloquently define the romantic factor. Kickin' & Screamin' is a funky retrospective to the time of George Duke, Johnny "Guitar" Watson or George Clinton. Remarkable are Tony Watson's powerful sax including his superb horn arrangement and Chris Harris wild guitar performance delivering pure authentic Funk feelings.
We already know from his solo albums that James Lloyd is not only a gifted composer but also a true talent as a multi-instrumentalist. Take Me There gives an impressive testimony for it. Tony Watson Jr. and Curtis Harmon celebrate Latin American-inspired smooth jazz on A Pieces Fiesta. Images Of Peace meets the emotional vein from the selection of the instruments, the tune leading and the way of playing, simply a beautiful soothing melody.
Rolling Along is the aptly title of this typical James Lloyd piano piece with a toe tapping groove. Smooth Dreams is special because a total of four keyboardists are involved in the sound, while in the foreground saxophonist Tony Watson Jr. is the main interpreter. Tony also shoulders the next song Real To Me, where he even sings the chorus with Curtis. While Tony burns on the final Last Call, James showcases his skills anew with impressing piano runs.
Pieces Of A Dream's On Another Note is graced with flawless musicianship. Fresh music for the smooth jazz genre. Did we expect anything different from these both?
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