Novecento Featuring Stanley Jordan – Dreams Of Peace
Dreams Of Peace
Novecento Featuring Stanley Jordan
(Favored Nations – 2004)
by Paula Edelstein
DREAMS OF PEACE is the culmination of Stanley Jordan’s electrifying associations with the popular Italian Jazz ensemble known as Novecento. After a 10-year hiatus from the studio, the nine-track recording is a colorful blend of ambient music, funky and smooth soul-jazz and blistering rock fusion. Among the stellar artists contributing to this fine collection of songs is Randy Brecker on trumpet, Dave Liebman on tenor sax and Danny Gottlieb on drums. “Tell Me Something” is a dreamy, seductive song sung by Dora Nicolosi with string accompaniment. This song is beautiful and also features Jordan’s lyrical lead guitar in a mellow mood.
“Flying To The Sky,” is a moody, easy grooving smooth jazz piece that features a laid back electric guitar and Brecker’s languid muted trumpet. This song should appeal to the smooth jazz radio audience in the USA. Jordan’s breakneck speed on the rock oriented “Sky Flower,” is a true piece of guitar work that shows off Jordan’s skill and technical prowess. Gregg Brown’s vocals are a soulful addition to memorable song. DREAMS OF PEACE is something we can all look forward to with its spiritual, world peace attitude and message. Get on the bandwagon and spread the word.