Sack Full of Dreams

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Onaje Allan Gumbs has plenty of surprises in store for jazz fans in Sack Full of Dreams. Joined by bassist Marcus McLaurine (who has worked extensively with Clark Terry) and drummer George Gray, plus a few guests, Gumbs puts new twists on both familiar jazz pieces and songs not normally associated with jazz, as well as his own superb originals. His deliciously funky take of Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" adds guitarist Bob DeVos and percussionist Gary Fritz, while his easygoing interpretation of the late Gary McFarland's ballad "Sack Full of Dreams" features the warm vocals of Obba Babatunde. Gumbs' breezy arrangement of "The Fishin' Pond" turns a once easygoing ballad...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Onaje Allan Gumbs has plenty of surprises in store for jazz fans in Sack Full of Dreams. Joined by bassist Marcus McLaurine (who has worked extensively with Clark Terry) and drummer George Gray, plus a few guests, Gumbs puts new twists on both familiar jazz pieces and songs not normally associated with jazz, as well as his own superb originals. His deliciously funky take of Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" adds guitarist Bob DeVos and percussionist Gary Fritz, while his easygoing interpretation of the late Gary McFarland's ballad "Sack Full of Dreams" features the warm vocals of Obba Babatunde. Gumbs' breezy arrangement of "The Fishin' Pond" turns a once easygoing ballad with whistling into a hard bop cooker, though it should be familiar to those who watched The Andy Griffith Show. "Try to Remember" was the prominent recurring theme in the long-running Broadway musical The Fantasticks, though Gumbs plays a beautiful improvisation of it with the reverence of an offertory solo in church; not surprisingly, this track is dedicated to his late mother. Gumbs' compositions include the spirited blues "'Nitelife" and the reflective ballad "Lament," both featuring tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, though his roots funk jam "Stank You Very Much" quickly gets tedious. Finally, McLaurine contributed the infectious samba "Destiny." This CD should be considered one of Onaje Allan Gumbs' most essential recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2007
  • Label: 18th & Vine
  • UPC: 723721253554
  • Catalog Number: 1051
  • Sales rank: 150,579

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantaloupe Island (6:08)
  2. 2 Up Jumped Spring (6:59)
  3. 3 People and Love (6:09)
  4. 4 The Fishin' Pond (5:09)
  5. 5 Sack Full of Dreams (5:37)
  6. 6 Destiny (10:44)
  7. 7 Lament (6:58)
  8. 8 Stank You Very Much (5:38)
  9. 9 Nitelife (5:33)
  10. 10 Try to Remember (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Onaje Allan Gumbs Primary Artist, Piano
Bob DeVos Guitar
George Gray Drums
Marcus McLaurine Bass
Gary Fritz Percussion
Mark Shim Saxophone
Obba Babatunde Vocals
Technical Credits
Herbie Hancock Composer
Onaje Allan Gumbs Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Gary McFarland Composer
Freddie Hubbard Composer
Marcus McLaurine Composer
Steve Schiff Executive Producer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Earle H. Hagen Composer
Jack Kreisberg Producer
Tom Jones Composer
Everett Sloane Composer
Louis Savary Composer
Herbert W. Spencer Composer
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