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Pieces of a Dream: Just Funkin' Around

Read "Just Funkin' Around" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

It would be the easiest thing to say about the new Pieces of A Dream record, “If you already like Pieces of A Dream, you'll probably like this. If you don't, you won't." That would be real easy. It would also be real accurate. I road-tested Just Funkin' Around with a bunch of 20-somethings I was transporting from home back to college. I put it on and waited. Waited for them to say “Turn it up" or “turn ...

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Pieces of a Dream: Soul Intent

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Some artists go back to their old favorites, either revisiting past recordings or covering someone else's music. Pieces of a Dream goes back to making music the way they did almost 30 years ago. Keyboardist James K. Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon Jr. founded the group, associating closely with Grover Washington Jr. during the early years. In recent years, they've relied on long-distance recording with a heavy dose of programming. However, with Soul Intent, they go back to ...

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Pieces of a Dream: Pillow Talk

Read "Pillow Talk" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

In a way, Pieces of a Dream is the Steely Dan of smooth jazz. For most of its existence, “The Dan was Donald Fagen, Walter Becker and an ever-changing assortment of session musicians. Pieces of a Dream is James K. Lloyd and Curtis Harmon. And like Steely Dan, Pieces of a Dream employs a variable mix of session musicians and vocalists for its studio releases. This holds true with Pillow Talk. The group took its name from ...

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Pieces of a Dream: Coming at You from All Sides

Read "Coming at You from All Sides" reviewed by Dave Nathan

This instrumental group has used pretty much the same formula for years, and quite successfully. It involves mixing up the play list with a variety of musical genre, contemporary R & B, Latin, contemporary pop, even including some real jazz now and then, throw in some background vocal wailing and whining as the occasion permits and make sure the plug doesn't fall out of the wall to assure that the electronic instruments are operating on all cylinders. But the group ...

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Pieces of a Dream: The Best of Pieces of a Dream

Read "The Best of Pieces of a Dream" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This much underrated quartet has released a collection of their greatest hits which will probably go unnoticed like much of this quality music. Prodigies of Grover Washington Jr. who started playing together as a group in the early eighties. There claim to fame started with the dance floor filler “Fo-Fi-Fo" from their “Imagine this" set from 1981 featuring those sultans of smooch “SASS" a.k.a. Marilyn Ashford and Charlene Jones. This album features a broad mixture of contemporary, urban, ...


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