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Andrea Brachfeld: Remembered Dreams

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

"This flautist is full of energy and excitement. After several years out of sight, Brachfeld jumped out the box and into the groove. This isn't just a pleasant CD, its title and flavor represent a return to dreams realized and we are glad.

The opener, "Le Metro J" is reminiscent of an Al Jarreau combined with Herbie Mann-type sound. It's upbeat and joyful with Brachfeld steadily on course through the entire track. Bob Quaranta splashes in with some funky piano work. Track 3, "Remembered Dreams," sounds like a late-night journey through the mind, which is what dreams are made of. The track is slightly somber in temperament. Butler and Brachfeld play pensively and quite suitable to the title. In the latter half, the tempo picks up as if the dream had a perfect ending. Brachfeld also works the synthesizer on this track .

It's noticeable that Latin themes are favored on most of the remaining tracks, but it works well. "Quatemala's Dance" is refreshing like an afternoon at the beach. The ambiance is sweet, but not at all timid with some hard driving percussion by Louis Bauzo that lights the fire. Quaranta plays the piano providing strong support and shining his own light. On "Osiana" Carter displays some very energetic conga work and the others are in the same spirit. Butler gives a delightful piano solo over Latham's drums and through it all Brachfeld stays on track. "Latin Sunset" moves rapidly, but ever so smoothly. Brachfeld really shines on this one, as does Butler and Bauzo on their respective instruments. While the title reflects sunset, this is a celebration. Quaranta's solo is quite beautiful and memorable over Goines' bass on "Afra Jade". It's obvious the combined effort is top-notch and Brachfeld sports a slightly different sound here and handles synthesizer on this track as well.

"Oceanside" has a sort of near-bossa sound. Brachfeld performs in a way that's sensitive and cooperative to her bandmates. There's a really funky introduction on "Mojivin Sun," which settles again into a mellow Latin-tinged vibe. Goines, Plainfield and Bauzo are right on her heels to produce one of the best sounding tracks on this CD.

This was a better than expected set of music. From the first track, it was alive and ripe with great musical chemistry and strong solos. Andrea Brachfeld can hold her own with other jazz flautists and should be ranked right there with them."- JazzReview

Album Notes

Personnel: Andrea Brachfeld (flute, wooden flute, synthesizer); Taurey Butler, Bob Quaranta (piano); Kip Reed, Lincoln Goines (bass); Karl Latham, Kim Plainfield (drums); Chuggy Carter, Louis Bauzo (congas, percussion).

Producers: Kim Plainfield, Andrea Brachfeld.

Recorded at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, New York. Includes liner notes by Andrea Brachfeld.


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