March 29, 2011

Berks Jazz Fest 2011: Pieces Of A Dream feat. Phil Perry

Smooth Jazz 92.7 was hosting the next concert that took place in the Crowne Plaza Reading Ballroom, the show featured Pieces of a Dream with special guest Phil Perry, being another sold out show. Pieces Of A Dream are founding members Curtis Harmon on drums and James Lloyd on keyboards, plus Rohn Lawrence on guitar, David Dyson on bass, plus new faces Morris Pleasure on keyboards and a new young saxophone player whose name unfortunately I didn't catch. They kicked things off with the groovy "Wakeup Call" that had the crowd cheering, followed by the slow-burning "Anywhere You Are", a Curtis Harmon composition dedicated to his wife, that featured the saxophonist. They revisited their own classic "Fo-Fi-Fo", after a couple more tracks, special guest Phil Perry was brought to the stage bringing his inimitable vocals to the proceedings, he sang "If Only You Knew" pouring all his heart into it. The first set was closed with the Christopher Cross classic "Ride Like The Wind".

The beginning of the second set was dedicated to their late mentor Grover Washington, Jr. with their rendition of "Mr. Magic" that gave both Morris Pleasure on keys and Rohn Lawrence on guitar some time to play extended solos. Things slowed down with "Night Vision", an often requested track from their catalog, before going back in time to play "Mt. Airy Groove" with a long, stunning bass solo by David Dyson and a smoking drum solo by Curtis Harmon. Then Phil Perry joined the band and performed the Isley Brothers' classic "For The Love Of You", later in the show, he whistled in an incredible and jazzy way, showing what a great talent he is. Notable also was a Benson-like guitar solo by Rohn Lawrence where he concurrently played and scatted. Phil Perry finished his part with "Dance With Me", before the band appeared for one more instrumental track as encore. The whole show lasted close to two and a half hours and was well received by the capacity crowd.

Posted by Peter Böhi at March 29, 2011 4:40 PM