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Steve Cardenas: Melody in a Dream (2014)

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Steve Cardenas: Melody in a Dream Melody in a Dream is a humble tribute to Steve Cardenas' mentors and music heroes. The Kansas City guitarist who moved to New York City in 1995 pays his respects to figures like late piano genius Thelonius Monk, avant-garde drummer Joey Baron
Joey Baron
Joey Baron
b.1955
drums
(who is his sideman in this album), the deceased drummer Paul Motian
Paul Motian
Paul Motian
1931 - 2011
drums
and pianist Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
1928 - 2014
piano
.

This is the fourth Cardenas solo album, who was a member of Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band for several years, as well as a fundamental piece of Killer Joey, Joey Baron's group.

"Ode to Joey" is a theme composed by Cardenas and dedicated to Joey Baron
Joey Baron
Joey Baron
b.1955
drums
, the renowned Virginia drummer who has played and recorded with jazz cornerstones like Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor
, Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
and John Scofield
John Scofield
John Scofield
b.1951
guitar
.

The sound of the melody is overall sophisticated and is one of the three pieces of the album enlightened by Shane Endsley's trumpet.

Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
b.1927
sax, alto
, one of Chicago's most celebrated saxophonists from the cool jazz era, is remembered by Cardenas band in the melody "Subconscious-Lee." It is an interesting and modern version of that 1950's piece included in the Konitz album with the same title.

Cardenas and Shane Endsley
Shane Endsley
Shane Endsley

trumpet
play the same notes on their instruments in certain key moments and pay a deserved homage to that melody whose original version is not recorded with guitar nor trumpet, but with piano and sax. "Broken Time," originally composed by Joey Baron
Joey Baron
Joey Baron
b.1955
drums
is one of the catchiest themes of the album. It is a real challenge not to move one's feet to follow the rhythm. It's a perfect tune to listen with a glass of wine while you read and warm up next to a cozy fireplace.

Cardenas, who's currently a member of the Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014
bass, acoustic
Liberation Music Orchestra and Steve Swallow
Steve Swallow
Steve Swallow
b.1940
bass
Quintet revisits Horace Silver's "Peace" and his band sounds confident, relaxed and seems to be truly enjoying to play the track included in the 1959, classic Blue Note album Blowin' the Blues Away. The band leader resolves stoically with his guitar the lack of a piano and it is easy to imagine him closing his eyes to play and improvise while respecting the main melodic structure of "Peace."

The New York City's New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music professor and his band approached respectfully to "Teo" a 1964 classic composed by the departed piano master Thelonius Monk. It may be one of the most cheerful tunes of the album.

Cardenas demonstrates why he and Don Sickler, were the right men to do research and write Thelonius Monk Fake Book, a compilation of 70 lead sheets of Monk's hits, as well as some of his hardly known and unrecorded themes, counter lines, ensemble parts, bass lines and a biography of North Carolina's jazz prodigal son.


Track Listing: Just One More Thing; New Moon; Ode To Joey; Once Around The Park; Broken Time; Street Of Dreams; Subconscious-Lee; Peace; Teo; In The Year Of The Dragon

Personnel: Steve Cardenas: Guitar; Thomas Morgan: Bass; Joey Baron: Drums; Shane Endsley: Trumpet

Record Label: Sunnyside Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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