THE BEST OF PIECES OF A DREAM includes four new songs.
Personnel includes: "Jessy" Yvette Myles (vocals, rap vocals); Cedric A. Napoleon (vocals, bass); Lance Webb, Barbara Walker (vocals); Grover Washington, Jr. (soprano saxophone, saxophone); Ron Kerber (alto & tenor saxophones, flute); James K. Lloyd (piano, Fender Rhodes, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, synth bass, programming); Steven Ford (piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards, strings, synthesizer); Preston Glass (keyboards, drum programming); Bernard Wright (keyboards); Glenn Barratt (synthesizer, drum programming, programming); Dexter Wansel (synthesizer); Jeff Lee, Darryl Johnson, Richard Lee Steacker, Roy R. Smith, Randal Bowland (guitar); Curtis Harmon (drums, percussion, programming, background vocals); Charles Baldwin (drums, percussion, background vocals); Leonard "Dr." Gibbs, Ralph Macdonald (congas, percussion); Richard Crawford (drum programming, synthesizer programming, programming).
Producers include: James K. Lloyd, Glenn Barratt, Rich Crawford, Steven Ford, Grover Washington, Jr.
Engineers include: Glenn Barratt, Peter Humphreys, Jeff Lorenzen.
Personnel: Jessy Yvette Myles (vocals, rap vocals, background vocals); Barbara Walker, Cedric A. Napoleon (vocals); Roy Smith, Jeff Lee, Randy Bowland, Richard Lee Steacker (guitar); Steven Ford (strings, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Ron Kerber (flute, saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Grover Washington, Jr. (saxophone, soprano saxophone); James K. Lloyd (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, programming); Preston Glass (keyboards, drum programming); Vince Evans, Bernard Wright (keyboards); Glenn Barratt, Rich Crawford (synthesizer, programming, drum programming); Dexter Wansel, Jamie Lawrence, Jason Miles , Lenny White, Pete Levin (synthesizer); Curtis Harmon (drums, percussion, background vocals); Dr. Gibbs, Ralph MacDonald (congas, percussion); Sybil Thomas, Charlene Jones, Chude Mondlane, Cliff Dawson, Marilyn Ashford, Dennis Collins (background vocals).
Recording information: House of Music, New York, NY (1982-1989); Morning Star Studios, Springhouse, PA (1982-1989); One On One Studio, North Hollywood, CA (1982-1989); Sigma Sound Studios (1982-1989); Starship One, Philadelphia, PA (1982-1989).
Arrangers: Chude Mondlane; Glenn Barratt; Cliff Dawson; Grover Washington, Jr.; Rich Crawford; Lenny White; Pieces of a Dream; Preston Glass; Steven Ford; Bernard Wright; Cedric A. Napoleon.
The Best of Pieces of a Dream is an excellent 14-track collection that contains highlights from the fusion group's '80s recordings for Manhattan Records. Among the selections are "Keep It Smooth," "Baby It's Your Turn Now," "Cool Side," "Mt. Airy Groove," "Rising to the Top," "Warm Weather," and "Shadow of Your Smile." It's both a good introduction to the group's sound and an excellent summation of their peak years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine