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Dream Dancing

by Meri Slaven

Female Jazz vocalist, from standard swing and ballads to Brazilian Classic.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dream Dancing
3:23 album only
2. Close Your Eyes
3:50 album only
3. Destination Moon
3:20 album only
4. Meditacao (Meditation)
4:36 album only
5. Darn That Dream
6:41 album only
6. So Many Stars
4:53 album only
7. All Night Long
5:53 album only
8. That Old Devil Moon
6:18 album only
9. Corcovado (Quiet Nights)
5:42 album only
10. Sweet Dreams
4:11 album only
11. I'm Beginning To See The Light
2:55 album only


Album Notes
HELLO EVERYONE! Thank You for checking out this site!

“DREAM DANCING” is the first major recording project by Meri Slaven Along with Scott Gwinnell on piano, Dennis Horvath on bass, and Scott Kretzer on drums. Also some great sax and flute solos by Carl Cafagna and exellent violin playing by Molly Huges. String arrangements are written by Scott Gwinnell.

“DREAM DANCING” is a very enjoyable cd that you will listen to over and over. Recorded in Clawson Michigan, engineered by Alex Trajano. Cover Photography by Sherry Kruzman in Royal Oak Mi. There are also some really cool candid shots on the inside cover of everyone while recording in the recording studio.

Ms. Slaven can be seen lately singing in and around Detroit Michigan Although she is a native of suburban Detroit, she spent most of her early years performing in southern Florida and in and Around New York City.

Meri studied classical voice with a few different people among them renowned dramatic tenor Ed Ruhl. At a young age she sang in many different venues before being inspired to sing jazz at the age of 22. and there was no turning back. “I just love the standards” she says.

She also says “As I was selecting the songs for the project, it didn’t take long to realize that a theme was starting to emerge. The songs all had to do with night time and the things we do at night, like sleeping, dreaming ect. Any great project seems to take on a life of it’s own at some point. It’s usually best to just go with it, so that’s just what I did.” All the songs, that is with the exception of “Beginning to see the light” strategically placed on the last track.

Her life is very busy these days with her 10 year old son Austin, and recently being married to husband and bassist Dennis Horvath. She also runs a business on the side. “In retrospect, the whole thing may be about sleep deprivation!” she jokes.

Thank You again for checking us out! Happy Listening!



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great stuff! i loved the jazzy feel. the strings were really cool. my favorite was So Many Stars.


This is a top-notch project! Very uplifting and inspiring to listen to. Keep up the great work! We're waiting for the next one!


This is a excellent album, I've listened to it about five times and always hear something new. Meri, has flawless intonation and great phrasing and the band plays behind her really great. My favorites are Dream Dancing & Close Your Eyes.


A great suprise!
I bought this CD at a gig that Meri played in suburban Detroit. I was expecting it to sound like most of the local CDs that I've heard from singers around here.

I was blown away!

I just read this last review and thought to myself, is he/she listening to the same CD? I LOVED the energy on the first tune. Usually bands do not give their all behind vocalists but these guys lit a fire under her and pushed her into singing on a different level. Most singers are afraid to sing fast tempos, but she boldly chose a breakneck speed of "dream dancing" as a first tune. I know a lot of Cole Porter songs, but I had never heard that one before. I liked the fluidity of the saxophone weaving through the chords over the intense groove, and the rhythm section provided great support. They weren't overbearing, but didn't chicken-out either.

I was worried when I saw that there were strings on the CD. They usually are overwritten and detract from the vocalist. The arrangements written by the pianist, however, were used sparingly and contributed to the mood of the songs instead of dictating it. They were very tasteful and gave the CD something different, seperating it from almost all of the other local CDs that I've heard.
Again, it was a bold move, but it paid off.

I don't know the Portugese language and can't really comment on the lyrics, but I liked the vibe of the bossa novas. They provided good contrast to the hard swinging tunes like "Devil Moon" and "Destination Moon".

After listening to the CD a few times, I found my favorite track being "Darn that Dream". The pianist and Meri seem to be having a musical conversation with one another; not just reacting but interacting with subtle nuance. It reminds me of Bill Evans and Tony Bennett and their duo album from years back.

Overall, there was enough variety in styles to capture my attention for the full 60 minutes or so of this CD. Meri obviously chose tunes that would bring out the best qualities of her lovely voice and I patiently look forward to her next CD. In the meantime, I'll gather up my friends, go out for an evening, and show them that jazz is alive and well in Detroit.

Thanks for the great music, Meri


Prim, proper and poised
This is a good CD from female Jazz vocalist Meri Slaven, but listeners with discriminating ears for jazz will find that it reflects more of a dreamy Meri Slaven than the Meri Slaven of the jazz lounge. I recall another of my favorite artists, Jerry Garcia, (another child of show tunes) who inevitably froze up on nearly every studio recording, yet sustaining an incredible live show following. Though Ms. Slaven is fluid and expressive on this CD, she gives the feel of a cozy living room jam session among classic show tune friends - with none of the smoke, the booze and the adult only non-verbal intonations often part of jazz. This Meri is prim, proper and poised.

Her backup group is very competent and swinging, but not very inspiring. The title cut, Cole Porter’s "Dream Dancing" is cute but the group creates yawns right off even on this upbeat song. "Destination Moon" is way too tentative for such a fun song. “Close your Eyes” turns a sultry lullabye into, well, a simple lullabye, creating a dissonance between the song and the voice singing it. Meditacao reminds me of some of the old Nat King Cole blunders in a foreign language. “All Night Long” may be the signature piece on this CD. Meri seems to have her genuine voice here. Though her voice shows little of the knowing that jazz singers usually grab us with, at least you believe her on this one. And so it goes. I hope you’re beginning to see the light about Meri Slaven. Go see her live and get the Meri who mirror’s your mood. Whatever you want, the beautiful Meri Slaven is. But on CD it's different.

If I were to play on words, I’d say Meri is a bit too Merry, or maybe just a bit too … Meri. She is dream dancing rather than really out there bumping and grinding with the crowd. The desperation and haze in jazz voicing comes from the frightening and prohibitive nightmares that dance with them. The Meri Slaven, who works the lounge audience in the Detroit area that must and does reflect the jazzy moods of her audience is not on this CD. Darn that Dream! If you want to cop a glance of a naïve Meri Slaven, while she lasts, buy this CD.