A jazz release that is clean, crisp, and straight ahead music; this is Pieces of a Dream's release Soul Intent.
Pieces of a Dream - Soul Intent
Soul Intent: Sway On; Vision Accomplished; Give U My Heart; APB; Hindsight; Soul Intent; Step On It; Things Are Looking Up; D Fuse The Situation; Stand Up; Anywhere You Are
Personnel: James K. Lloyd: Keyboards, Programming; Tony Watson, Jr.: Saxophone; Martin Walters: Additional Programming; Randy Bowland: Guitar; Bennie Sims: Keyboards, Programming, Bass; Eddie Baccus, Jr.: Saxophone; Rohn Lawrence: Guitar; Curtis Harmon: Drums, Percussion; David Dyson: Bass; Joe Cunningham: Saxophone
Soul Intent marks the fifth release on the Heads Up label of a band and a sound that spans more than three decades. Founding members James K. Lloyd and Curtis Harmon are still the driving force behind the music that has made Pieces of a Dream an enduring fixture on the jazz scene. With a desire to create a clean, crisp, old-school, back-to-basics, and real-time collaboration, Soul Intent was recorded with the contributing musicians in the studio all at the same time. Spontaneous contributions during recording sessions have always been a part of what makes Pieces of a Dream different and special.
The release opens with the track Sway On a straight ahead groove that sets the tempo for the remaining tracks. A clean baseline holds together the pace and is complemented by the keyboard and sax interchange. Visions Accomplished is reminiscent of the early days of the band, and the songs nostalgic sound captures the essence of Pieces of a Dream.
Give U My Heart and APB are lively tracks that lace in some powerful bass and guitar playing to go with the guest saxophonists Tony Watson (Give U My Heart) and Eddie Baccus, Jr. (APB). According to the liner notes the spontaneity and contributions from the assembled musicians comes out in the tracks Hindsight, Things Are Looking Up, and D Fuse The Situation which are credited to the entire band. The contributing elements are layered nicely on that distinct Pieces of a Dream sound to create a brash finish. D Fuse The Situation was Lloyd's nod to his idol, the legendary Herbie Hancock; and in Hancock fashion the band lets loose by letting the moment drive their sound.
The title track Soul Intent has a sassy sound that is driven by Lloyd's keyboard work and interspersed with timely saxophone transitions. The release closes out with the tracks Stand Up and Anywhere You Are. The track Stand Up is part funk, part soul, and all energy that charges ahead as it culls the saxophone to new heights while the track progresses and eventually climaxes with a series of hot guitar licks followed by the sound of a satisfied saxophone. The track Anywhere You Are is a warm and heartfelt track rendered even more enduring by the saxophone work of Eddie Baccus, Jr.
Websites where you can procure Pieces of a Dream - Soul Intent are Heads Up, AOL, CD Universe, Tower Records, Concord Music, Amazon, and MSN Music.
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