Sunday, September 14, 2008


Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1970 on Columbia Records.
Bit Rate: 320 kbps
Format: Mp3
Produced By: Fred Weinberg & Dreams
Recorded At: C.B.S., Chicago & New York
Devil Lady
15 Miles To Provo
The Maryanne
Holli Be Home
Try Me
Dream Suite / Asset Stop - Jane - Crunchy Grenola
New York
Michael Brecker - Tenor Sax & Flute
Randy Brecker - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Billy Cobham - Drums & Percussion
Jeff Kent - Keyboards, Guitar & Vocals
Doug Lubahn - Bass & vocals
Barry Rogers - Trombone & Wagner Tuba
Edward Vernon - Vocals
with John Abercrombie - Lead Guitar
By "jazzmanblue" (New York City, USA) (Amazon Customer Review)
I bought this album on LP in early 1971, and it has proven to be an interesting document in the history of Jazz/Rock. A reflection of the open minded musical attitude that existed at the time, Dreams takes the sophisticated and more loosely structured horn charts and solos of Jazz and places them over a rock oriented rhythm section. The results are always listenable, never boring, and often surprising. All of the pieces contain musical subtleties that make this recording special. Certainly, many of the ideas expressed here were well above those expressed by Chicago and BS&T, yet the music is just as accessible. The individual musicians were just beginning to stylistically assert themselves at the time. John Abercrombie's brief but eclectic guitar breaks (Devil Lady, for instance) are a hint of what was to come in his own later recordings on ECM, and Randy Brecker's trumpet and fleuglehorn fills embellish pieces like Holli be Home and 15 Miles To Provo very nicely. Billy Cobham shows his powerful style on the drum kit (however restrained) that caught the attention of John Mclaughlin and later led to his gig with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Please Note:It has been my experience over the years that those who listen to jazz exclusively do not really enjoy this recording, but those who listen to both Rock and Jazz enjoy it immensely. Dreams was the best expression of Jazz/Rock in the pre-fusion era here in the States. (IF was doing quite well in this regard on the British end.) As such, it is a fine document of the Jazz/Rock scene circa 1970, and one that remains, after all of these years, a favorite in my collection.
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Blogger Camarillo Brillo said...

Always a treat to stop by here and pick up some interesting goodies from days gone by. I admit to not being much of a "fusion" fan. However I saw Billy Cobham in '76 and was blown away by the band and guitar player. To this day, I still don't know who he was.
Also John Abercrombie's name rings a bell from my WGTB tapes that I have ripped and posted to my blog. So I'm giving the band a shot.
Come visit, and thanks for your hard work!

Friday, September 19, 2008 at 9:45:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

Don't get too hung up on those stupid labels people attach to music. hell, I don't even know what fusion music is suppose to be. All I can say is if you dig good music, played well, then it shouldn't be too much of a stretch to dig Dreams. I always thought it was a bummer that they didn't stay together longer.


Friday, September 19, 2008 at 10:25:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot Tom for Dreams amazing albums! I missed them in the seventies and now they sounds like a beautiful surprise, probably more enjoyable than a lot of new stuff.
Thanks again for your great blog, I appreciated Sea Level,MTB,Ian Matthews and,time permitting, I'm sure I'll find some other lost gems.


Monday, September 22, 2008 at 3:57:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

It does my wrinkled, twisted old heart good to hear that there are folks discovering this music 30 / 40 years after it was put on vinyl and still finding it has worth and brings enjoyment.
Thanks for your kind words and Peace to you too.....


Monday, September 22, 2008 at 9:27:00 PM EDT  

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