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What a marvelous record!

I've listened through this album quite a few times now and I think I've found a new favorite. This is a record featuring top notch musicianship without the showiness, a welcome relief when "chops" unto themselves often carry the day. The compositions themselves carry this day, in fact, where beautiful ballads such as "Manhattan Bridge" and "Zaneta" have melodies that stick with you well after the listening is through. Mr. Dingman shines as a player and composer here. His use nontraditional solo structures - not so much head, solo, solo, solo, head, but melody and improvisation blending together and passing from one instrument to another seamlessly - breaths life into a genre that is all too frequently counted out nowadays.

"Waking Dreams" is full of surprises, moments of counterpoint (see "Zaneta") within seemingly free moments exposing the careful arrangements by Mr. Dingman. In "Manhattan Bridge" the subtle use of the trumpet and then the bass to carry the melody bring the tune to both its apex and its conclusion in such rapidity that the 8 minute song could go on happily for another 8 minutes.

There are more "outside" compositions. "Jet Lag" livens up the first half of the record, allowing the musicians an opportunity to take more harmonic liberties and bringing new meaning to the idea of emerging from a large aircraft on a distant continent. Fugal moments like those in "Waking Dreams" show a studied hand by Dingman the composer, but do not submarine listenability. In fact, though I would buy this record for musicians and "serious" jazz listeners, I wouldn't hesitate to share it with lay persons due to its (and I mean this with genuine affection) accessibility.

So, what are you waiting for? Buy this now. You will not regret it.

Listen to Chris Dingman Every Day

On several chance occasions when I encountered Chris Dingman in piano performances, his music has inspired me to have a more positive outlook in life. This CD alone is proof that Jazz will forever be an evolving juggernaut in the artistic world, and leading musicians like Chris Dingman are always giving to the movement!

Waking Dreams

Inspiring, thought-provoking music from an amazing group of musicians. Beautifully realized compositions and melodic statements create a moving, free-flowing album.


Born: August 21, 1980 in La Jolla, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Vibraphonist/composer Chris Dingman is both a noteworthy bandleader and a highly valued sideman in the new millennial N.Y.C. creative jazz community. Born in La Jolla, California in 1980, he grew up in San Jose before heading across the country to attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut (where his teachers included Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, and Pheeroan Ak Laff, among others), graduating with a bachelor's degree in music in 2002. During his time at Wesleyan, Dingman investigated...
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Waking Dreams, Chris Dingman
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 21, 2011

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