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Pieces Of A Dream - Just Funkin’ Around

Posted by April Galenzoski on 2017/07/17

Spanning four decades and 22 albums you know the latest album from Philly’s Pieces Of A Dream is going to be a funk fest.  With founding members drummer Curtis Harmon and keyboardist James Lloyd along with ace saxophonist Tony Watson Jr. things get funky right off the top with the hit single 'Right Back Atcha’ reminiscent of the late Grover Washington Jr. (who gave them their first big break) and David Sanborn.  

The title song ‘Just Funkin’ Around’ steps it up a notch with it’s intense killer groove again showcasing Watson Jr. who is featured quite a bit throughout the album. Bassist David Dyson (New Kids On The Block, Walter Beasley) contributes to the songwriting with ‘No Doubt’, a poppy tune highlighting Lloyd’s technique of playing the keys - like Herbie Hancock and George Duke - but with his own signature on it.  ‘Fast Lane’ starts off with it’s chill sounding synth’s then kicks into high gear with it’s Eurythmics sounding dance beat to carry you over into Harmon’s ‘On The Move’ - another composition that makes you realize these guys grew up in the City Of Brotherly Love. Harmon seems to be the main songwriter with 5 out of the 10 tunes credited to the drummer who brings a no-nonsense style to his drumming and compositions.  Watson Jr. wrote the closer ‘Manhattan’  reflective of Gato Barbieri and Van Morrison with it’s sultry 'big city bright lights' theme throughout.  As a collective these gents know how to get down! 

 

Gary James

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