French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc has composed some attractive music in his decade in New York, and he is a dynamic improviser as well. On Live at Iridium, New York, recorded in the fall of 2004, the latter quality is most prominent.
New Dreams is different from his previous release Live At Iridium, New York (Dreyfus, 2005) and, for that matter, the gig that introduced a number of originals from this album, in that the tracks tend to be shorter and more concentrated. Pilc's penchant for building huge structures by interlocking ideas that seem to arise out of nowhere, and yet are completely logical within context, is done on a much smaller scale.
New Dreams: But Not For Me; A Child Is Born; Trees Part I; Hummingbirds; New Dreams; Satin Doll; Widmung; Old Joe; Action; The Meadow; Burning Path; The Brook; Simplicity; Straight No Chaser; Trees Part 2
Live at Iridium, New York: No Print; Jackie-ing Part 1; Misterioso; Green Chimneys; Jackie-ing Part 2; Moonlight with M; Spiritual; Thief; Mr. RG; Yemen; Golden Key; Ignition; Voices; Landscape