Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
217

Charlie Mariano: Deep In A Dream

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count Views
Charlie Mariano: Deep In A Dream Charlie Mariano’s album of straight-ahead, romantic ballads couldn’t have come at a better time. His quartet delivers a timeless message that serves as medicine for whatever ails ya.

The saxophonist has chosen eight songs deserving wider recognition in this day and age. He’s added one original, “Dew Drops,” in which the traditional spirit of Japan’s ancestors ambles ceremoniously into the room. Its effect on the listener crosses all cultural boundaries. No matter their ancestry, ceremonial priests garner the same respectful candor all over the world. Their guidance and the music’s earnest charm is exactly what the world needs now. Another original, Bob Degen’s “Etosha,” swings loosely with a dreamy quality that summarizes the obvious theme of the album.

”Deep in a Dream” purrs solemnly with melodic passion. Mariano’s alto forms a round tone that bares all. He’s got no secrets. The saxophonist improvises left and right, up and down, embellishing the song’s theme. Throughout the session, he steers his quartet along a charted course that emphasizes melody. The others share Mariano’s graceful solo form, never losing sight of each precious melody.

Several pieces are offered up with a light samba swing. Thus, Deep In A Dream carries its somber message with a lightness of spirit. Charlie Mariano proves that his early bebop career and his later world fusion career have more in common than most folks realize.


Track Listing: You Better Go Now; Dew Drops; Spring Is Here; I

Personnel: Charlie Mariano- alto saxophone; Bob Degen- piano; Isla Eckinger- bass; Jarrod Cagwin- drums.

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Enja Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Crescent
Crescent
NYC Records
2010
buy
The Great Concert
The Great Concert
Enja Records
2010
buy
[no cover]
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Magneoton
2009
buy
[no cover]
The Great Concert
Magneoton
2009
buy
Helen 12 Trees
Helen 12 Trees
Promising Music/MPS
2008
buy
Charlie Mariano: Silver Blue
Charlie Mariano:...
Enja Records
2008
buy
John Coltrane John Coltrane
saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
trumpet
Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins
saxophone
Freddie Hubbard Freddie Hubbard
trumpet
Lee Konitz Lee Konitz
sax, alto
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Charles Lloyd Charles Lloyd
saxophone

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.