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Waking Dreams

Chris Dingman

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Bryan Copeland

This is one of my favorite new jazz releases in quite some time. Ambrose Akinmusire's playing is out of this world, especially on the hauntingly beautiful track Vijayanagara. Fabian Almazan, Joe Sanders, and Justin Brown are laying it down on Jet Lag. Manhattan Bridge is my favorite composition of Chris's and they do it serious justice on this recording. One of the best albums of the year, except of course for Bryan and the Aardvarks "Heroes of Make Believe," which of course Chris and Fabian are also featured on;)

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, Chris Dingman
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 21, 2011

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