Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"A session that can be an introduction for someone who wants to get into the essence of jazz-and will delight those who already know and can't get enough of it." -JazzTimes
"Gilles Laheurte is one of the more unusual members of the New York City jazz scene. Almost 60, he spent most of his life working as an architect and planner, but was always devoted to music, his own as well as others. He calls himself an amateur jazz musician, but there's nothing amateurish about his release Dreams, which is full of beautifully evocative music.
The recording is a tribute to the late Steve Lacy, who was a friend of Laheurte's. Ten of the twelve cuts feature Laheurte on soprano sax, an instrument he plays with deep passion. The highlights are two long suites where Laheurte improvises over drums. The first, "The Sparrow's Reverie," features Laheurte with Mark Sanders. The suite showcases the many sides of Laheurte's playing, sometimes spare and elegant, sometimes Middle Eastern in flavor and sometimes cooking. Sanders provides a creative, always shifting background, which is perfect for Laheurte's flights of sound. "Koyasan Forest Walk" teams Laheurte with Masahiko Togashi, with Laheurte's sax running the gamut from fat and bluesy to sweet and flute-like.
The two cuts where Laheurte solos on percussion and cymbals come as a surprise. It's a different side of his talent and explains why he solos so well over drums - he understands both sides of the equation. His percussion work is inventive and multifaceted, particularly on "Kyoto on My Mind," a spacious song that evokes the majesty of the ancient Japanese city. It would be great to hear a Laheurte recording composed purely of percussion solos.
Experiencing Laheurte is a pleasure: his sound evokes masters Lacy and Coltrane, but he imbues the instrument with his own distinctive intelligence and heart. Dreams is a warm tribute, and it's also a coming out celebration of a hidden talent who surely has much more to share." -AllAboutJazz
Down Beat (p.81) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "[T]here is still a sense of vast, near-infinite territory to explore in Jones' music. Chalk it up to a timeless sense of genius..."
Composer: Thad Jones.
Adapter: Michael Patterson .
Tributee: Thad Jones.
Various Artists: James Moody (soprano saxophone); Richard Davis (bass guitar); Frank Wess, Hank Jones , Jimmy Owens, Mickey Roker, Benny Golson, Bob Brookmeyer.
Personnel: Frank Wess (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Benny Golson (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Owens (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bob Brookmeyer (trombone, valve trombone); Hank Jones (piano); Mickey Roker (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY (03/08/2004/03/09/2004).
Arranger: Michael Patterson .
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and as an excuse to play the compositions of the late great Thad Jones, a group of top jazz veterans was enlisted for this project. Michael Patterson arranged 11 of Jones' songs, adapting Thad's own arrangements, which were originally made for either combos or a big band, for the all-star octet. Each of the veteran musicians had an association with Thad Jones. Happily, they all sound in pretty good form, with the tenors of Benny Golson, James Moody, and Frank Wess battling it out on "One More." A tape of the late pianist Sir Roland Hanna is used during the first part of Jones' most famous original, "A Child Is Born." Jimmy Owens proves to be an excellent fill-in for Thad; this is one of his finest recordings. It is also fitting that Thad's older brother, Hank Jones, is on piano. The final number, Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Mood," is included because it was one of Thad Jones' favorite songs. All in all, this is a well-conceived and very musical tribute. ~ Scott Yanow