Patrick Cornelius | Lucid Dream

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Lucid Dream

by Patrick Cornelius

Straight-ahead jazz with a contemporary bent
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. This Chair is Broken
6:33 $0.99
2. Winds of Change
7:40 $0.99
3. Pretty Self-Explanatory
8:25 $0.99
4. Billie's Bounce
5:11 $0.99
5. Alone Now
6:36 $0.99
6. The Woods
6:27 $0.99
7. Lucid Dream
7:23 $0.99
8. Don't Give Up
7:09 $0.99
9. April Rain
4:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
Over the past several years, alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius has emerged as an exciting and dynamic new voice in the New York jazz scene. An instrumental virtuoso who counts Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Wayne Shorter, Claude Debussy, and Peter Gabriel among his greatest influences, Patrick has made a name for himself as a burgeoning artist with seemingly limitless potential.

His solo recording debut, Lucid Dream, features the collaborative efforts of some of the most exciting talents on the New York jazz scene today: rising stars Aaron Parks (piano), Kendrick Scott (drums), Nick Vagenas (trombone), Gretchen Parlato (voice), and local veteran Sean Conly (bass.) Lucid Dream features 7 strikingly memorable original compositions from Cornelius’ current songbook, as well as spirited, unique arrangements of Charlie Parker’s Billie’s Bounce and Peter Gabriel’s classic pop anthem, Don’t Give Up.

"Contemporary mainstream jazz involves many factors, including composition, instrumentation, and environment...New York saxophonist Patrick Cornelius brings together all of these elements on his acoustic debut, Lucid Dreams, yielding progressive, melodic and aesthetically pleasing music...From beginning to end, this music is a satisfying mix of contemporary sounds."
-- Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz

“...Enjoyable, clever music, which does interesting things with what it inherits from the jazz tradition... Well-schooled music, but music played with feeling, commitment and imagination,”
-- Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb international

“...In an impressive debut by one of the new young lions of jazz, Patrick Cornelius crafts a captivating and engaging recording... Lucid Dream is a disc worth more than a listen and sure to garnish critical acclaim.”
-- Ed Blanco, eJazzNews

“What a wonderful recording; a truly finished product. Keep on taking chances!!!”
-- David Liebman, Jazz Icon

"This fine effort from Patrick Cornelius and company is aptly titled, as the music is both lucid (accessible, musically logical) and dream-like (filled with fantasy and invention)... taking the listener on a fulfilling tour led by a multi-talented artist on a star-bright trajectory."
-- Andrea Canter,

"Throughout, Cornelius and company are utterly in sync, interacting and supporting each other to make sophisticated but powerful music."
-- Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen



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Lucid Dream is a great buy for jazz neophytes and virtuosos alike.
I don't know much about instrumental music, and I know even less about instrumental jazz. I do, however, know good music. Lucid Dream is definitely good music. From the vibrant "This Chair Is Broken" to the pensive "Alone Now," this CD had me hooked. It's clear that Mr. Cornelius put his heart and soul into this album. Even if you haven't been a fan of jazz in the past, this is the one album that could open you up to new musical interests. If only for just that reason, you should certainly get Lucid Dream.


really enjoying this CD and very impressed by Patrick Cornelius' original compositions. however his arrangement of Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up" is pretty sweet too. and then I suppose I wouldn't complain if i was forced to listen to Aaron Parks play all day...

Mary Ann Laing

Really great album!!
This album is a top class production of beautifully composed jazz works. I am so thrilled to find new artists of this quality and talent. Patrick and all of the players put together one of the finest Jazz albums I own. Little did I know that "Independant" label would mean better than anything I can find in any commercial music outlet here in Victoria. I love this album!!


Outstanding jazz quintet. The dominant vibe is on the mellow side, but there's plenty of spice and drive to keep you interested throughout. The compositions are really memorable, and Cornelius's solos and arrangements are models of taste, beauty and imagination. One of the very best jazz CDs I've bought this year--I'll be looking forward to Cornelius's next.

Walter Smith III

This is without a doubt one of the best records to be released so far this year. Patrick and his band sound very mature on this set of music, mostly written by Patrick, and create an amazing aural experience that I've listened to constantly since I recieved it. Enjoy!!!