Rolling Stone (2/4/71, p.60) - "...if they keep the promise inherent in their first record, [they] just might end up making the first truly original statement in the genre..." -Lester Bangs
Dreams: Edward Vernon (vocals), Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone, flute), Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugelhorn), Barry Rogers (trombone, Wagner tuba), Jeff Kent (keyboards, guitar, vocals), John Abercrombie (guitar), Doug Lubahn (bass, vocals), Billy Cobham, Jr. (drums, percussion).
Recorded in New York and Chicago, from July to August, 1970.
Although Dreams is a legendary pioneer jazz-rock group that included such young players as trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist John Abercrombie, drummer Billy Cobham and the 19-year old tenor Michael Brecker, its music has dated very badly. This CD reissue finds solos being de-emphasized in favor of erratic and often unlistenable vocals. While trombonist Barry Rogers had a feeling for jazz, the remainder of the group (singer Edward Vernon, keyboardist-guitarist-vocalist Jeff Kent and bassist-vocalist Doug Lubahn) weighs down the recording with mundane pop sensibilities. Only a spirited "New York" and the 14-minute "Dream Suite" allow the horns a chance to blow a bit and even there the results are quite forgettable and disappointing. ~ Scott Yanow