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- Released: August 15, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Warner Bros / Wea
JazzTimes - 5/96, p.81"...the Yellowjackets continue to conjure magical incantations from millennium-approaching amalgams of jazz and funk. Here the spell-spinning foursome...evokes poignant themes based on the American experience..."
- 1.The Chosen
- 3.Summer Song
- 4.Small Town
- 5.A Walk in the Park
- 6.Turn in Time
- 7.Father Time
- 8.New Lullaby (For Gabriela)
- 10.Take My Hand
Yellowjackets: Bob Mintzer (saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, programming); Russell Ferrante (keyboards, programming); Jimmy Haslip (bass, shop bass, programming); William Kennedy (drums, programming).
Additional personnel: Bobby McFerrin (vocals, percussion); Chuck Findley (trumpet, trombone); Luis Conte (percussion); John M. Lehmkuhl (programming).
Principally recorded at O'Henry Sound Studios, Burbank, California.
All songs written by members of the Yellowjackets.
DREAMLAND was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
Personnel: Bob Mintzer (clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone); Chuck Findley (trumpet); Russell Ferrante (keyboards); William Kennedy (drums); Luis Conte (percussion).
Recording information: O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA; One On One Recording; StoneGlen Sound, La Canada, CA.
Perhaps the finest recording of this quartet's illustrious career, Dreamland captures the Yellowjackets at the peak of their compositional and performing craft. This band has moved far beyond its peers with this release. The music here is simply intoxicating, full of gorgeous melodies, deceptively intricate changes, subtle rhythmic and harmonic nuances, and flawless playing. Because of the consistency of the music, it is impossible to point out high spots. Bobby McFerrin has never sounded better than on his guest appearance on "Summer Song," but it's the high level maintained by the four Yellowjackets throughout the disc that especially entrances the listener. This is a Dreamland where any connoisseur of quality music will find delight and quiet satisfaction. ~ Jim Newsom