"In A Dream" is the Grammy-nominated release from pianist Peter Kater and British guitarist Dominic Miller. Kater has been a long-time fan of Miller's music and felt it would be a "dream come true" to do an album with him. The two worked on some film music together, and Miller suggested that they collaborate on an album, hence the title. A blend of composed music and improvisation, the music is fresh, soothing, and elegantly beautiful. Adding to the magic is the soulful cello work of Jaques Morelenbaum and the wordless vocals of Kenny Loggins. As prolific as Peter Kater is, he never seems to miss the mark, and this CD could (and should) easily earn him the Grammy prize.
"In A Dream" begins with the title track and Miller soloing on the first verse, setting the soft-spoken, reflective mood of the album. The piano and guitar interaction is stunning in its effortless perfection. "Time Will Tell" is a gorgeous ballad that again weaves guitar and piano into a single entity with no one trying to be the "star," letting the music itself stand in the spotlight. "What Lies Within" introduces the cello and layered vocals, creating an ethereal quartet. "And We Danced" picks up the tempo a bit with lighthearted grace and a gentle energy. "Close To You" is almost ambient with its quiet tenderness. Piano, guitar, and vocals are perfect together. "In Her Eyes" is like a peaceful whisper - tranquil and warm. "Gut Feeling" is one of Miller's compositions - another piece where the two artists became one as the music evolved. "Clockwork" is a somewhat more abstract and energetic trio for piano, guitar, and cello - sparkling and slightly edgy, I love it! "Folk Story" closes the CD with another Miller composition, this one recorded in one take - amazing! The cello, piano, and guitar are seamless and effortless, ending the wonderful album with a gentle sigh.
"In A Dream" is another masterpiece from Peter Kater, and a stunning debut collaboration with Dominic Miller and company. We're hoping it's the first of a series! Very highly recommended!
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Multi-Grammy Award Nominees, pianist Peter Kater, and guitarist Dominic Miller (STING) dissolve the borders between guitar and piano; classical and jazz; simple and complex. Soulful cello by Jaques Morelenbaum and lush vocal harmonies by Kenny Loggins add to this stunning album of acoustic instrumental compositions. A recording this beautiful comes along only once in a long while. Peter Kater - Piano Dominic Miller - Guitar Kenny Loggins - Vocals Jaques Morelenbaum - Cello Avi Kiriaty - Cover Artist Lancaster Creative Group - Graphic Artist Airshow Mastering - Mastering Engineer MediaPDX - Enhanced CD Authoring Rick Ray Films - Videos Venture Visuals - Timelapse Footage All Songs Composed by Peter Kater except Gut Feeling and Folk Story; composed by Dominic Miller; and Chasing The Sun composed by Peter Kater & Dominic Miller. All songs published by Kater Music/BMI except Gut Feeling and Folk Story published by Rutis Music Ltd./ sub-published by Q-rious Music Publishing (GEMA) and Chasing The Sun Published by Kater Music/BMI and Rutis Music Ltd./ sub-published by Q-rious Music Publishing (GEMA) Recorded, engineered and mixed by Peter Kater Jaques cello parts were recorded at Casa do Mato Studios in Rio de Janiero and engineered by Dan Sebastion. Kenny's vocal parts were recorded at Home Base in Santa Barbara, CA, Special thanks to Paul Peterson for tech assistance Mastered by Dave Glasser at Airshow Mastering Layout and Design by Jeff Lancaster for LCG Close to You and ...