Dave Kikoski

Persistent Dreams

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Persistent Dreams, which was produced by Walter Becker, jumps between two different genres. While Becker in the liner notes expresses admiration for pianist Dave Kikoski's modern straight-ahead quintet which he had heard a couple of years earlier at the legendary Hollywood jazz club Catalina Bar & Grill, four of the first five selections on this CD are somewhat commercial. Kikoski and his sidemen play well but the material is forgettable. Best on those mostly sleepy tracks are the wordless vocals of Vera Mera during the haunting "Lord of the Vine." Things begin to wake up with David Jensen's fiery tenor on John Coltrane's "Satellite" and Kikoski finally cuts loose on Wayne Shorter's "Toy Tune." The high point is the heated quintet on "Falling in Love with Love," featuring Kikoski, Jensen and trumpeter Randy Brecker. If only the entire CD was at that level. Still, if found at a budget price, this now-obscure CD is worth picking up.

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