The album kicks off to Scott Bradley’s up-tempo Latin tune ‘A Second Chance’, with its driving beat and melody, then moves into an emotional, R&B-influenced rendition of Cole Porter’s ‘Love For Sale’. Dave Wright’s ‘Treacy’s Revenge’ picks up with tasty double-stops on the guitar, and its intense solos and ending are offset by the next piece, a beautifully angular solo guitar setting of Thelonious Monk’s ‘Crepuscule With Nellie’.
The title track ‘9 Dreams’ follows, opening with nicely phrased jazz guitar, and then unexpectedly changing time and tempo to begin the journey through nine dreamy grooves. Scott Bradley’s infectious shuffle ‘Peewee’s Big Adventure’, inspired by Scott’s gigs with wild saxman Peewee Ellis, is followed by a unique arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Knocks Me Off My Feet’, mixing soulful sax, rock guitar and reggae. Wayne Shorter’s haunting ‘Elegant People’ is the eighth tune, and the album closes with the romantic Dave Wright original ‘Timeless’.
The five musicians play with open ears: each musical statement opens new channels for exploration, each song presents new opportunities for melodic and harmonic development. This is an album which will reward multiple listening.