Dreams Nightmares and Improvisations is the fifth studio album by drummer Chad Wackerman, released independently in February 2012.
Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Johnson and Jim Cox collaborate on the latest release from Zappa drummer Chad Wackerman. This exciting CD blurs the line between composed and improvised pieces.
"Chad and all of these stellar musicians have created these improvisations, woven into absolutely masterful compositions which are not only a testimony to impeccable musicianship, but a joy to listen aesthetically. Bravo Chad!"
"Chad Wackerman has a beautiful ear for harmonies and melodies that lets your inner musician soar, and with 'Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations' it comes together and expresses his potential as an artist. All the musicians who play on this record are the inspired elite and on this CD they create a magnificent and ethereal listening experience."
- Steve Vai
Chad Wackerman's "Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations" is a drum-dream-of-a-sounding album. Recorded over a span of time covering Chad's residencies in both Australia and California, the CD captures this young veteran's drumming abilities at their collective peak, in some of the highest-fi I can imagine. This is what a drumset should sound like, and this is what great drumming should sound like, too. The band is a dream: Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Johnson and Jim Cox. Anyone interested in rhythm, drumming, audio, cutting-edge writing and collective improvisation should get this album. Bravo, Chad and musicians, I love this album. -Peter Erskine
Four masters of musical improvisation collaborate on the latest release from esteemed drummer Chad Wackerman. Known for his work with Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth and James Taylor, Wackerman blurs the line between composed and improvised pieces on Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations. The featured musicians: guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, bassist Jimmy Johnson and keyboard player Jim Cox, have all developed a unique musical telepathy with Wackerman over decades, which is allowed to shine on this inventive, adventurous CD.
Ranging from atmospheric to edgy, the music on Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations showcases four creative musicians at the height of their musical powers. Wackerman has structured the CD so that the interplay between the performers is ever-present. Many of the improvised pieces sound like fully formed compositions, while the written pieces provide ample opportunities for spontaneous flow. Listen to the sparks fly as musical bonds deepen on this incredible new CD.
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