Here are the first two albums from pioneer smooth jazz unit Pieces of a Dream on a single disc. Produced and mixed by the late Grover Washington, Jr., Pieces of a Dream/We Are One combine soulful, tight arrangements, spirited and inspired playing, and a canny knack for grooves, Pieces of a Dream and We Are One endure as gems of the genre.
Some records not only desire your attention, they demand it. Think of Miles or Trane or Mingus and think of just puttering around the house as the music plays. It can't be done. The grandmasters of jazz made music that required it be heard and not merely listened to. Out of A Dream is not one of those records.
A commercial breakthrough album for the Moody Blues, On the Threshold of a Dream… Issued in April 1969, the high-concept song cycle would become the Moodies first chart-topper in the U.K. and their first Top 20 hit in America. Japanese exclusive limited edition 13-track digitally remastered CD album, reissued as part of the 'British Rock Legend / Rock Fantasy Part 5' series.
Although Gravy Train's career was all too brief, they still managed to switch labels midway through, resulting in two albums for Vertigo and two for Dawn Records. Strength of a dream is taken from their time with Dawn, thus consisting of the albums Second birth and Staircase to the day in their entirety, plus a number of non album A and B sides. As a pleasing bonus, we also get six tracks recorded for the band's unreleased 5th album…
Pieces Of A Dream's album 'Makes You Wanna', released in 1988 on EMI MANHATTAN Records. Soul and funk music's favorite tracks on 'Makes You Wanna' are 'We Belong To Each Other', 'Makes You Wanna', 'Rising To The Top', 'Mellow Magic', 'Feelin' For You', 'Same Place, Same Time (bonus On Cd)', 'Ain't My Love Enough'. 'Makes You Wanna' reached position #62 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart in 1988, it lasts 13 weeks on this chart.
Colors of a Dream is the sixth HighNote Records album by trumpeter-composer Tom Harrell, featuring two basses played by Ugonna Okegwo and Esperanza Spalding, with the latter doubling on vocal, Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone, Wayne Escoffery on tenor saxophone, and Johnathan Blake on drums. According to JazzTimes, this album deviates from Harrell's previous works. The use of piano is absent, and the three horns often play in block-chord formation. There are hints of Latin jazz, R&B and indie-rock. According to the review, "Colors of a Dream may deviate, but it never disappoints."