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Pamela Fleming

Fearless Dreamer

Review by G. W. Hill

Essentially a jazz album, this work does include influences of prog rock and more pop oriented music. The disc is a very enjoyable listen and features some fine musicianship from all of the players. The general tone of the album is relaxing and entertaining pleasant modern jazz. It is delivered in a very entertaining manner.

Joining Pam Fleming on this album are Allen Won, Thomas Chapin, Chris Cunningham, Jim West, Toby Kasavan, Mark Egan, Leo Traversa, Hank Schroy, Mo Roberts, Todd Isler, Michelle Kinney, and Luis Bonilla.

The album can be ordered at http://lasax.com/pfleming.htm, or www.amazon.com or by mail (send $15 + $3 postage/handling to: FEARLESS DREAMER, c/o INFINITE ROOM RPM, 237 WAVERLY AVE., BROOKLYN, NY 11205 USA (Please make checks payable in US currency to: Infinite Room RPM)). "Money back if you don't love it!" -Pam Fleming. Autographs are available by request on mail orders.

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Track by Track Review
Say It
A funky fusion based cut with pop sensibilities, this one features an accessible arrangement and powerful horn solo.
Because of Anthony
Beginning with a pretty piano melody, this is a pretty jazz oriented instrumental ballad.
Distance
Distance is one of the strongest cuts on this disc. A progish guitar dominated intro leads into a nice laid-back jazz segment. This is a considerably effective wandering piece that is relaxing and challenging at the same time. The latter segments of the number take on harder, nearly progressive rock textures.
Homeless Ghost
Featuring more sedate jazz tones, this is a pretty composition.
This Is What I`ve Got
This cut is nice jazz in a fairly uptempo and quite fun groove.
Magic In The Wind
Pretty, moody and atmospheric, this tune starts with just keys. It is an enchanting track.
Ba-Bo-De
A somewhat laid back bluesy groove oriented jazz number, this one includes a chant oriented vocal line.
Sneakin` Around Town
More groove oriented material, Sneakin` features vocals in the form of a few spoken words. It also includes some fanciful jazz piano work.
Full Moon
The sleeve to the disc includes words for this piece, but there are no vocals present on the song. Full Moon is a high spirited and dynamic jazz cut.
On And On
Another slow paced tune, this is intriguing and relaxing music. As the song evolves, it becomes a nicely interwoven progish tapestry full of drama.
Melancholy
Haunting piano begins this one. The pretty, melodic intro leads to a wonderful, wandering jam. This cut has enough variety to please most prog fans.
 
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