DREAM is a group of musicians brought together by composer/arranger John Evans, who, prior to releasing four albums of his own original music had been best known for his work with saxophonist David Sanborn on the RIAA certified gold, Grammy-nominated album, HIDEAWAY. Evans composed and co-penned "Creeper" with Sanborn. "Creeper" was selected as the single release for the album. DREAM is the first in that series of four albums.
Jackie Anderson - Host of Midday Jazz on WJAB-FM Radio says: "You can feel the magic from start to finish with "Dream". Smooth jazz at its finest. Don't miss this one.
John Evans & DREAM perform five of Evans’ original compositions, ranging from the romantic ballad, “Dream” and the classic R&B flavored "Destiny", to the gentle, swaying, Brazilian/Cuban influenced, “West Side Walk”, and the festive “Para Bailar”.
Here's what Paul Dunkel - Music Director & Conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic (New York) had to say about DREAM:
“I've been listening to Dream, a lovely recording based on the music of the gifted American composer John Evans. Mr. Evans obviously has an ear for lyrical lines and many of his songs are extended in these instrumental versions. The arrangements are subtle and colorful. The playing is first rate throughout. For this listener (a classical musician) Mr. Evans seems to have learned lessons from several major composers: Debussy comes to mind first. My particular favorite cut is "Para Bailar" with its Latin edge. Each selection has a catchy groove and there is enough variety between the five compositions to satisfy any listener whether he be from the pop or classical worlds.”
DREAM consists of: Ron Jones (soprano & tenor saxophones), Larry Spencer (flugelhorn), Johnny Hooper (acoustic & electric guitars), Brady Mosher (acoustic & electric guitars), Mike Collier (drums), Gene Glover (conga drums & percussion), John Evans (keyboards & bass), Annagrey Labasse (vocals). Background vocals: Annagrey Labasse, Johnny Hooper, Debby Hooper, & Mike Collier.