Hopes and Dreams

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Wayne Escoffery has been one of the most impressive tenor saxophonists of his generation, not only developing a personal sound but also demonstrating prowess as a compelling composer/arranger. With his Veneration quartet, which includes vibraphonist Joe Locke, bassist Hans Glawisching, and drummer Lewis Nash (with Jonathan Blake subbing on drums for three tracks), Escoffery opens with his infectious "Hopes and Dreams," with his passionate tenor backed by Locke, who plays both vibes and marimba and solos on the latter instrument. His lush solo in Charles Mingus' "Noon Night" (an excerpt from his magnum opus Epitaph) would have likely pleased its demanding composer. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Wayne Escoffery has been one of the most impressive tenor saxophonists of his generation, not only developing a personal sound but also demonstrating prowess as a compelling composer/arranger. With his Veneration quartet, which includes vibraphonist Joe Locke, bassist Hans Glawisching, and drummer Lewis Nash (with Jonathan Blake subbing on drums for three tracks), Escoffery opens with his infectious "Hopes and Dreams," with his passionate tenor backed by Locke, who plays both vibes and marimba and solos on the latter instrument. His lush solo in Charles Mingus' "Noon Night" (an excerpt from his magnum opus Epitaph) would have likely pleased its demanding composer. Trumpeter/fl├╝gelhornist Tom Harrell, with whom Escoffery has worked as a sideman, is added on three tracks. Harrell's hip "Liason" swings in a light groove, while John Coltrane's infrequently performed "Chronic Blues" is a lively workout for the band, which offers a haunting arrangement of the late Bill Barron's "Dedicated to Wanda," yet another song deserving of wider attention. The Brazilian composition "The Face I Love" was recorded live at Smoke during the making of Escoffery's earlier Savant CD Veneration, but was omitted because of time constraints; it provides a fitting conclusion to this outstanding release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Savant
  • UPC: 633842209029
  • Catalog Number: 2090
  • Sales rank: 330,196

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hopes and Dreams (8:02)
  2. 2 Liason (8:51)
  3. 3 Noon Night (7:02)
  4. 4 Love Walked In (6:28)
  5. 5 Chronic Blues (8:05)
  6. 6 Dedication to Wanda (5:15)
  7. 7 The Sake of It (6:07)
  8. 8 The Face I Love (8:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wayne Escoffery & Veneration Primary Artist
Wayne Escoffery Indexed Contributor, Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Nash Drums
Tom Harrell Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Guest Appearance
Joe Locke Marimbas, Vibes
Hans Glawischnig Bass
Jonathan Blake Drums
Technical Credits
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Michael Cloud Sculpture
Wayne Escoffery Producer, Audio Production
Jason Slomack Art Direction
Alessandro V. Perrota Engineer
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