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UTOPIAN DREAMS is riding the latest worldwide contemporary jazz wave with their nu-groove sensibilities.
This incredible crew of musical artists has been shaped by the San Francisco Bay Area and New York "live jazz" music scene over several decades. They credit their jazz evolution with nods to old school West Coast jazz, early 70's Bay Area fusion, NY nu-groove and the contemporary jazz explosion. Their music is shaped by deeply orchestrated melodic chops expertly layered over the funk, hip hop, soul and Latin grooves of contemporary jazz. "From Dreams to You" is their debut EP featuring:
GMichael Merrifield - bassist, rhodes piano and executive producer
Patricia Britton - keyboard synthesizers, orchestrations and co-producer
Eddie Baccus Jr. - all saxes and EWI
Tony Darren - guitar (courtesy of Concord Jazz Group)
Maurice Chevalier - piano and arrangements
Preston Vismala - piano ("On the Edge of Things")
Mike Corbett - drums
Utopian Dreams is challenging the impossible odds of creating magical music from a shared vision of the ensemble. You are listening to music from ensemble session recording sessions that document their search for a unique sound...magic! They are currently in the studio, polishing and producing the sound that will grace further original releases. Join the mailing list to keep your ear on these rising stars!
The future of contemporary instrumental music is now with Utopian Dreams! at CriticalJazz
In doing my due diligence on this EP I found about seven different tags used in an attempt to try and describe the music of Utopian Dreams. Labels are for cans of soup while arbitrary tags on music of any genre are self serving at best and usually not in an artists best interest.
In perusing the various publications that plague the instrumental music that most of us refer to as jazz, the most common listener complaint concerning artists walking the smoother side of the contemporary street would be lame