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NY vibraphonist Chris Dingman (Lehman, Eisenstadt) leading a sextet playing original compositions and one by Joe Chambers, showing Dingman's Blue Note leaning yet modern take on jazz.

Dingman, Chris
Waking Dreams

Dingman, Chris: Waking Dreams (Between Worlds Music)
Label: Between Worlds Music    
Released in: USA    

"Vibraphonist Chris Dingman has already shown his improvisatory gifts and innate lyricism in Steve Lehman's quintet and octet and Harris Eisenstadt's Canada Day. His debut as a band leader, Waking Dreams, a suite, is a kind of continuous reverie in which densities shift and complexities arise to be ultimately resolved in washes of shimmering metallic overtones.

The fundamental band here is a sextet. There's a particularly strong affinity between Dingman and pianist Fabian Almazan, whose understated reading of the suite's "Prelude" sets the reflective tone of the CD and the two can interweave patterns with a keen sense of one another's impending steps. Ambrose Akinmusire is a signal presence, a bravura trumpeter in the mold of Freddie Hubbard who combines an exploratory bent with absolute technical command. That's just one connection with classic '60s Blue Note that emphasizes Dingman's predilections as composer and bandleader. The sparkling "Clear the Rain" and the Latin-tinged "Zaneta" develop a spaciousness that can suggest Herbie Hancock's first full flowering as a composer.

Dingman has a vibist's fondness for echoing dream-like soundscapes, including an unaccompanied "Reflection" and appending a timeless, echoing conclusion to the jagged "Jet Lag". The rest of the band - saxist Loren Stillman, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown - contribute to Dingman's focused, purposeful approach and there are also effective guest turns. Flutist Erica von Kleist contributes a gorgeous sound to one of the CD's highlights (and sole piece that Dingman didn't compose), Joe Chambers' "Nocturnal", originally recorded by fellow vibist Bobby Hutcherson on Patterns (Blue Note, 1968)."-Stuart Broomer, The New York City Jazz Record

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NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv

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Product Information:

UPC: 884501531917

Label: Between Worlds Music
Catalog ID: bwm001
Squidco Product Code: 14719

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded August 18th, 2010 at Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY by Andy Taub.


Ambrose Akinmusire-trumpet

Loren Stillman-saxophones

Fabian Almazan-piano

Joe Sanders-bass

Justin Brown-drums

Chris Dingman-vibraphone

Ryan Ferreira-guitar

Erica Von Kleist-flute

Mark Small-bass clarinet

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Track Listing:

1. Prelude 1:40

2. Vijayanagara 5:27

3. Jet Lag 7:55

4. Manhattan Bridge 8:00

5. Indian Hill 3:40

6. Waking Dreams 7:55

7. Interlude 0:39

8. Same Coin 7:01

9. Shift in the Wind 6:18

10. Reflection 1:46

11. Clear the Rain 9:20

12. Nocturnal 4:46

13. Zaneta 7:44

14. Epilogue-Stillness 2:22

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