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A Weaver of Dreams

by Marc Dickman

Straight-ahead swinging be-bop jazz with euphonium as a lead instrument.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. A Weaver of Dreams
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2. Bee-Bo
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3. Cotton Tail
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4. Doxy
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5. Four Brothers
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6. Gone With the Wind
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7. Jitterbug Waltz
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8. Jordu
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9. My Melancholy Baby
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10. Mr. P.C.
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11. Patrice Elaine
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12. Something Happy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Marc Dickman's debut recording with his unique sound on the euphonium has made a significant contribution to the history of low brass jazz performance. Listeners will be reminded of Rich Matteson, the valve-trombone of Bob Brookmeyer, or maybe Chet Baker down an octave. Slide Hampton said, “That big warm sound is the same timbre I try to get on my trombone.” “My primary influence on jazz euphonium was Rich Matteson,” said Dickman in a recent interview. “I also listened to and transcribed Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell, Sonny Stitt, and many, many others.” Dickman has assembled a band that can equal any acoustic jazz group from New York to Los Angeles

Bill Prince, originally form Detroit and a master jazz educator at the University of North Florida, contributed his arranging and multi-instrumental talents to the project. I won’t tell you what instrument he plays on what tracks so can find out for yourself. Needless to say each of Bill’s solos is magic! Bill also arranged Four Brothers and penned Something Happy. Marc Dickman said. “Bill is a great friend and a pleasure to work with. We have traveled all over the world playing in various bands and I had to include him on this CD. “

The all-star rhythm section consists of Kevin Bales, piano; Ben Tucker, bass; and Rick Kirkland, drums. Atlanta based pianist Kevin Bales’ solo on Bee-Bo shows whey he is one of the most in demand pianists in the country. His comping and improvisations show tons of sensitivity, maturity and swing. A hallmark of Kevin’s playing is the way constructs each solo by steadily increasing intensity and texture throughout each chorus.

The musicians were very honored and pleased that bass legend Ben Tucker was available for the recording. Ben resides in Savannah, Georgia after a long and fruitful career as a first call jazz bassist in LA and NYC. Not only is his playing great, he has some great stories! This also reminds me of the multi-generational aspect of jazz. Four generations of jazz musicians made this recording and they played as a cohesive swinging unit!

Rick Kirkland is a Jacksonville native and held the drum chair in Ray Charles band for several years. He leads the Rick Kirkland Orchestra, performed with the Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz consort for many years, and has performed with many notable jazz legends. When Something Happy was recorded the band members failed to keep track of the form during Rick’s solo so they crashed when they were supposed play. Someone suggested that Rick play another solo so the band members could count. Rick rightly refused to play it again and urged the band to listen to the track. The players agreed that another take was not necessary because the solo was so beautiful. The solo fit the form perfectly and the engineer was able to punch in the ending!

I don’t have the space to give a description of each tune but jazz fans will enjoy the variety of mood, style and spontaneity of this debut. If you like unpretentious jazz played by a world-class band, this is the CD for you.

FOUR AND A HALF STARS!

Geoffrey Hathaway
World Jazz Magazine
April 2006

Marc Dickman is Associate Professor of jazz studies and low brass at the University of North Florida where he conducts Jazz Ensemble and tuba/euphonium choir. His versatility on euphonium, trombone, bass-trombone, and tuba in the classical and jazz styles places him in much demand in the Southeastern United States. Dr. Dickman won the Artist's Division of the International Leonard Falcone Competition in 1990. He is principal euphonium with the St. John's River City Band, and trombonist with the River City Swing Orchestra. He performed on bass-trombone with the legendary One O'Clock Lab Band while attending the University of North Texas and appears on the CD, Lab Band '95.

Dr. Dickman was a featured jazz euphonium artist at the 2000 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, the 2001 ITEC in Lahti, Finland and the 2002 ITEC in Greenville, NC. Dr. Dickman frequently appears as a soloist and clinician and in January of 2002 he conducted the Florida All-State Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Dickman is a founding member of the groundbreaking jazz ensemble, the Modern Jazz Tuba Project. The MJT Project has two critically acclaimed releases; Live From the Bottom Line, and Favorite Things. He is featured with the Swamp Dog Jazz Band on Home and Keepin' Out of Mischief Now. Dr. Dickman earned degrees from Troy State University, McNeese State University, and the University of North Texas. Dr. Marc Dickman is a Besson performing artist.

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Joe Dollard

Great CD! In the tradition of the great Rich Matteson.
IMAGINE! A euphonium player that plays changes and improvises beautiful melodies. Marc does both over a great set of songs with a top-notch group. And as an added bonus, Bill Prince is amazing on a variety of instruments. This album is straight-ahead and GOOD like a nice fat steak and buttered baked potato. Highly recommended to anyone who likes be-bop and/or the euphonium.
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I was very happy with my cd. It arrived fast and in excellent condition. Sounds great!
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Barney M

All this and more!
Marc Dickman's star shines brightly on this album. His command of the Euphonium and of the genre is unmatched. I wrote to him asking advice for a young student I know and he (humbly, of course) asked me to check out this release. What a sounderful surprise!

Marc; You've come a long way from living behind Smith Hall.
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Tom Ball of jazzeuphonium.com

Stellar CD and terrific playing by all
Weaver of Dreams is a terrific CD that one can joyfully listen to time after time. Dickman's euphonium sings! His fluidity, agility and virtuosic command of the euphonium are truly impressive on this recording. His melodious and well crafted improvisations show a master jazz artist at work/play. The choice of tunes and the band are stellar!
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Sheri B

Jazz at its best!
Dr. Dickman once again displays his mastery of the euphonium. He coaxes beautiful music out of that instrument!
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Wes Funderburk

Marc Dickman rocks!
Marc is an outstanding educator and a euphona-madman! All of the musicians on "Weaver of Dreams" are phenomenal. Three cheers for this great album.
Rock on, Marc!
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David


This CD would make a great addition to any jazz or low brass library. I had the opportunity to listen to him play twice. The latter performance was with the University of Iowa jazz faculty. It was a lot of fun listening to Dr. Dickman outshine other seasoned jazz performers on a euphonium.
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Mike Bogle

Great CD! Best jazz euphonium CD since Rich Mattesson.
Excellent arrangements and jazz playing by all members of the ensembles. Dr. Dickman shows mastery and depth of understanding of the jazz idiom. If you are a brass player, especially low brass, you need to get this CD! -Mike Bogle
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Koji

Pleasant!
Many colors from his horn. The splendid album where many possibilities were concealed.
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Tim O'Neill

Who the heck is Rich Matteson?
My son is a budding low brass player (baritone) and I was delighted to learn that low brass jazz charts existed. Dr. Dickman coaxes some incredible music out of his euphonium and he is joined here by a solid lineup of sidemen. My son is enjoying this CD "almost" as much as I am. I guess that I'm going to have to look up this Rich Matteson guy now ...
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