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The Dream Merchant

by Dreaming in Colour

The anticipated debut release featuring Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangell and Tim Pascoal.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Chromatic
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2. Yearbook
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3. Twilight Drive
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4. The Dream Merchant
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5. Crosswinds
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6. Keepsakes
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7. Percolator
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8. Waiting in Texas
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9. Davy's Byrne
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10. No More Goodbyes
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11. Twilight Drive (Soprano Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"This is well-executed contemporary jazz, anyway you cut it...It is clear that, by choosing material and contributing artists well, Dreaming in Colour has created an album that can stand out proudly in the midst of this genre. Wonderful work."
-Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride

"Taken as individual tracks or as a cohesive collection, Dreaming in Colour’s THE DREAM MERCHANT is a fabulously satisfying listen. You cannot go wrong with this one!"
-Scott O'Brien, Smoothjazz.com

"This is a top-notch smooth jazz album featuring players like Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangell and Tim Pascoal, so you know that the level of musicianship is excellent. Thumbs up!"
-Peter Boehi, Smooth Jazz Vibes

"With The Dream Merchant, Dreaming In Colour show their vivid and energetic approach to contemporary jazz. Supported by star team players like Jeff Lorber and Eric Marienthal they succeed to move the audience through their prolific performance."
-Hans-Bernd Hulsmann, Smooth Jazz Daily

"The interplay between Calandrino on guitar and Lorber on keys is a focal point of the retro tinged ‘Chromatic’ while ‘Keepsakes’ proves to be a jazzy yet velvety number where the combined talents of Ellis, Noonan, Calandrino, Lorber and Marienthal are found to be at their impeccable best."
-Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy


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Sandy Shore

SmoothJazz.com Updated Review
The contemporary, extraordinary instrumental jazz group, Dreaming in Colour debuts a vibrant collaboration in fusion by the incredibly versatile bassist Kevin Ellis, and highly skilled drummer Chris Noonan as showcased on THE DREAM MERCHANT. Their distinctive rhythms and grooves create a unique, deep vibe that sparkle with the contributions from world-class performances by Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangell and Tim Pascoal! Mr. Lorber is featured on every single tune, and Marienthal is heard on seven of them. You won’t want to miss his energy on the funk-driven “Crosswinds” and “Waiting in Texas.” The project’s latest single, “Keepsakes,” serves up sweet, funky grooves and a heartfelt melody. Taken as individual tracks or as a cohesive collection, THE DREAM MERCHANT is beyond satisfying… it’s meaty music for fusion fans and Smooth Jazz lovers alike!

Scott O'Brien

The Dream Merchant
Dreaming in Colour is a stunning contemporary jazz collaboration by bassist Kevin Ellis, drummer Chris Noonan, and guitarist Joe Calandrino, augmented on their debut album THE DREAM MERCHANT by superstars Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, and Nelson Rangell. The result… a Smooth Jazz vibe that’s hip, cutting edge, and compelling. This album is loaded with musicality, and sparkles from beginning to end, thanks to World-class performances from all the players involved. Mr. Lorber is featured on every single track, and Eric Marienthal is heard on seven of them. You won’t want to miss his energy on the funk-driven “Crosswinds” and “Waiting in Texas.” Then there’s Nelson Rangell’s heartfelt soprano work on the title track, which is perhaps the most gentle of the project’s tunes. Taken as individual tracks or as a cohesive collection, Dreaming in Colour’s THE DREAM MERCHANT is a fabulously satisfying listen. You cannot go wrong with this one!

Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy, May 08, 2012

The Dream Merchant
With a hip cutting edge vibe that may well blow you away, contemporary, instrumental jazz group Dreaming In Colour has just released its debut CD, ‘The Dream Merchant’. Constructed around the band’s core members of Kevin Ellis, Chris Noonan and Joe Calandrino, the line-up has often, over the years, been complemented by some of the genre’s top artists and this is particularly so with ‘The Dream Merchant’ for which Ellis, Noonan and Calandrino are joined by Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal and Nelson Rangell.

In fact Lorber features on all ten tracks with Marienthal contributing to seven of them. He is in stupendously high-octane form for the fusion filled ‘Crosswinds’ and later the free flowing, sax driven ‘Waiting In Texas’ serves as another opportunity for his playing to really sizzle. The interplay between Calandrino on guitar and Lorber on keys is a focal point of the retro tinged ‘Chromatic’ while ‘Keepsakes’ proves to be a jazzy yet velvety number where the combined talents of Ellis, Noonan, Calandrino, Lorber and Marienthal are found to be at their impeccable best.

‘Davy’s Byrne’ is another lively foot stomper where the lead is generously shared amongst the combined gathering. Notable here is Lorber on keys and he again cuts sensationally loose on ‘Percolator’ which has a groove reminiscent of that often generated by his own band The Jeff Lorber Fusion.

Calandrino takes center stage for the ultra catchy ‘No More Goodbyes’ and although the commercially appealing ‘Twilight Drive’ is the product of a three-way collaboration between Lorber, Kevin Ellis on bass and Marienthal on alto, when the tune is reprised as a sub two-minute closer, Marienthal’s switch to soprano takes away none of the magic.

Despite ‘The Dream Merchant’ being a CD where the tempo remains relatively high throughout, ‘Yearbook’ provides a delicious contrast that adds to the richness of the entire collection. Also relaxed in style, and arguably the best track on the album, is the title song where Smooth Jazz Therapy favorite Nelson Rangell is wonderful on soprano sax.

It is one reason of many why you should make ‘The Dream Merchant’ part of your listening pleasure.

Hans-Bernd Hulsmann, Smooth Jazz Daily, May 11, 2012

The Dream Merchant
The band's name is just as colorful and brightly vibrant as their music. Dreaming In Colour are bassist Kevin Ellis, drummer Chris Noonan and guitarist Joe Calandrino. Kevin founded the band with the desire to play rock jazz with a contemporary touch. Chris Noonan has studied with Dave Weckl and Jim Chapin in L.A. and follows the same style. Joe Calandrino holds a Bachelor of music performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and completes the trio.

During the recordings of their debut album The Dream Merchant (2012) the band was joined by keyboardists Jeff Lorber and Tim Pascoal, as well sax players Nelson Rangell and Eric Marienthal. In view of these jazz fusion greats one might not sure in which direction the train is driving, but the first notes allure with smooth jazz tones.

The up-tempo Chromatic smiles with a melodious theme but with Lorber on keys the song satisfies with prolific instrumental mastership. Yearbook keeps smooth jazz and jazz fusion in a grooving balance. Twilight Drive features Eric Marienthal on alto sax with a jazzy approach, but it's Jeff Lorber who lets the song shine with nice phrasings on Rhodes piano.

On title piece The Dream Merchant Nelson Rangell presents a heartfelt tune in a divine harmony with the entire band. A crosswind is any wind that has a perpendicular component to the line or direction of travel. Musically spoken Crosswinds is the clash of different styles, concrete the energetic fusion impact of Eric's sax with the ironically smooth jazz part of fusion king Jeff Lorber.

Keepsakes is a gift that evokes memories of a person or event with which it is associated. Jeff's present is not less than a basket of contemporary jazz. The powerful Percolator sees the group still on the contemporary jazz field. On Waiting In Texas Marienthal and Lorber team up again following Chris Noonan's melodious path.

On Davy's Byrne Marienthal had too work hard to fill the tune with so many horns. All musicians shared this syncopated theme with great fun. No More Goodbyes is destined as final song on the band's live concerts. Influence of Tower Of Power, Chicago or East Bay Soul are audible in the wonderful horn arrangements. On the last song Eric Marienthal takes over the theme of Twilight Drive this time on soprano sax.

With The Dream Merchant Dreaming In Colour show their vivid and energetic approach to contemporary jazz. Supported by star team players like Jeff Lorber and Eric Marienthal they succeed to move the audience through their prolific performance.