Pieces of a Dream, |
(Heads Up, 2006)
This duo burst onto the Philadelphia music scene barely in their teens in 1976 and, with the aid of their latest album Pillow Talk, are celebrating 30 years of making music. The duo -- formerly a trio -- took the name Pieces of a Dream from a song the band performed by sax man Staley Turrentine.
Pillow Talk is the fourth release with label Heads Up and album No. 25 overall for the band. Pieces of a Dream continues the Philadelphia funky jazz style they created 29 years ago. Jazz legend Count Basie called the hard-working teens "a hard act to follow." But it was another jazz legend, sax great Grover Washington Jr., who helped the boys make the leap from the local sensation to international stars touring the world and playing their style of jazz while still in high school.
Pillow Talk is a mix of high-energy tunes, slow chill-out pieces, instrumentals and songs. The contemporary jazz band shows why it can maintain a signature style while sounding fresh and new after 30 years -- a feat not often repeated in today's musical scene.
Fans of jazz legends Bob James, Fourplay and David Sandborn will want to make Pillow Talk part of their musical collection -- as will anyone else who loves good jazz music.
by Sherrill Fulghum