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Jazz.com review of John Escreet’s Somewhere Between Dreaming and Sleeping

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By Mark Seleski

Musicians:

John Escreet (piano, Fender Rhodes),

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), David Binney (alto sax, electronics), Matt Brewer (bass), Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
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Composed by John Escreet
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Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, June 2008
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Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

After a particularly weird dream, have you ever noticed how the chemicals your brain parts pumped out managed to make the oddest transitions seem perfectly normal? The unofficial term for this is “dream logic,” and this track provides an aural outline of the concept. Oddball plinky noises, broken piano arpeggios and ominous bass scrapings simulate the dreamer attempting to tune in something meaningful on that apparently malfunctioning living-room radio of the mind. But then the sounds begin to coalesce, and what seemed random now makes sense. The theme radiating from those sparse piano and horn notes was set up perfectly by the previous musical scene. When things almost fly apart as the suite ends (we’re past the 9-minute point here), that makes sense too. Dream logic indeed.

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