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Pieces of a Dream
Formed: 1976 in Philadelphia, PA
Genre: Jazz
Group Members: Tracy Hamlin, Curtis Harmon, Ron Kerber, James K. Lloyd, Cedric A. Napoleon, Michael Antonio T..., Norwood Young, Eddie Baccus, Jr., James ...View All
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Bassist Cedric Napoleon, drummer Curtis Harmon, and keyboardist James Lloyd founded crossover jazz group Pieces of a Dream in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were teenagers at the time of their 1976 formation. Although they were jazz-oriented, the group also emphasized R&B and incorporated funk, quiet storm, hip-hop, new jack swing, and smooth jazz into their recordings, which often featured vocalists (including Barbara Walker, Eva Cassidy, and Maysa Leak). Grover Washington Jr. produced their first three albums -- Pieces of a Dream, We Are One, and Imagine This -- all of which were released on Elektra from 1981 through 1983. Three additional '80s releases, including a pair co-produced by Lenny White, appeared on EMI-Manhattan. Saxophonist Ron Kerber became a member in the 1990s -- an addition that preceded varied releases throughout that decade for Blue Note. In the early 2000s, Pieces of a Dream moved to Cleveland's Heads Up label, where they remained for a decade. In 2013, they released In the Moment on Shanachie. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi