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Dreams Deferred

Artist: Curtis Clark
Curtis Clark - Dreams Deferred CD
Label: Nimbus West
Regular Price: $12.95
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Year: 2005
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This little gem features two different line-ups, each with Blue Notes/Brotherhood of Breath's drum wizard, Louis Moholo. The trio consists of Curtis Clark on piano, Wayne Dockery on bass and Moholo on drums. They do five tunes by Thelonius Monk, recorded at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam from 1993. The septet is also from 1993, but is a studio recording and features the same trio plus a fine ICP all-star cast with Sean Bergin & Tobias Delius on saxes, Felicity Provan on trumpet and Tristan Honsinger on cello. Curtis Clark is a great American jazz pianist who has lived in Amsterdam for quite a while and recorded with a number of the better Dutch players there. He can be heard on records with David Murray, Charles Tyler and Richard Davis. The trio does a fine job of covering Monk's "Light Blue", "Worry Later/San Francisco Holiday", "Well You Needn't", "Monk's Mood" and "Misterioso". The trio often approaches these tunes with a certain surreal restraint, sometimes slowing them down to a dream-like ambiance. Bassist Dockery is featured in a few sections and adds a lovely melodic undertow, the entire trio has this haunting elegance. The septet do all originals by Mr. Clark, except for one cover of "All the Things You Are". Clark's writing pretty adventurous and this marvelous septet rise to the challenge. "Two Shadows in the Mist" is an apt title as the horns plays these swirling parts tightly together as the trio scurry around them, layers of interconnected parts emerging and submerging. "Scratched" is much straighter and swings deliciously with some inspired (Archie Shepp-like) solos from the saxes. "Sean" is a great blues song that might've been done by the Jazz Messengers back in their heyday with both saxes playing together and soloing superbly. Yeah! "Diaphane" is an enchanting, solemn piece and features some lovely bowed bass from Dockery. Curtis Clark plays superbly throughout, he is most gifted pianist. When Sean Bergin takes a marvelous soprano solo on "Nelson", Clark dances around him sublimely as Moholo also weaves intricately around both. Two very different sessions, both well recorded, which do fit together in an inexplicable sort of way.
ARTISTS
TRIO
Wayne Dockery - Bass
Louis Moholo - Drums
Curtis Clark - Piano

SEPTET
Sean Bergin - Tenor and Soprano Sax
Tobias Delius - Tenor Sax
Felicity Provan - Trumpet and Voice
Tristan Honsinger - Cello
Wayne Dockery - Bass
Louis Moholo - Drums
Curtis Clark - Piano

TRACKS
TRIO
1. Light Blue (T. Monk) 3:52
2. Worry Later / San Francisco Holiday (T. Monk) 6:20
3. Well You Needn't (T. Monk) 3:10
4. Misterioso (T. Monk) 8:56

SEPTET
6. Two Shadows in the Mist (C. Clark) 4:15
7. Scratched (C. Clark) 7:50
8. Sean (C. Clark) 8:45
9. Diaphane (C. Clark) 3:57
10. Nelson (C. Clark) 6:37
11. All the Things You Are (Jerome Kern-ASCAP) 6:03

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