Monday, March 16, 2015

Pieces of a Dream’s James Lloyd provides a “Granted Wish” #jazz


“Now feels like the right time for many reasons,” confesses pianist James Lloyd, a legend on the contemporary jazz scene, about the timing of his Shanachie Entertainment debut CD, Here We Go.   The celebrated pianist shares, “I just turned 50 and realized that each day is a blessing.  Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, finishing the rest of this sentence isn't even promised.  Recording my first solo album is something I wanted to complete while I'm still here.”  For fans of contemporary jazz, James Lloyd is no stranger.  He is a pioneering member of the groundbreaking band Pieces of a Dream.

“Now feels like the right time for many reasons,” confesses pianist James Lloyd, a legend on the contemporary jazz scene, about the timing of his Shanachie Entertainment debut CD, Here We Go.   The celebrated pianist shares, “I just turned 50 and realized that each day is a blessing.  Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, finishing the rest of this sentence isn't even promised.  Recording my first solo album is something I wanted to complete while I'm still here.”  For fans of contemporary jazz, James Lloyd is no stranger.  He is a pioneering member of the groundbreaking band Pieces of a Dream.

A long time in the making and a labor of love, the creation of Here We Go has been a revealing and positive personal journey for James Lloyd.  “I want my fans to hear this CD and experience everything I felt in the process of making this music -the joy, sorrow, hope, reflection, reckless abandon, fun and peace.”

“Music has to breathe. Sometimes space is better than any note you could've played,” states James Lloyd, who puts this practice to the test on Here We Go on such memorable ballads as the tender “Granted Wish,” which was penned for James’ wife.  “I began this song about twelve years ago and Teresa would often ask me to finish it.  One day, I actually did.  Here it is!” 

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