Pieces of a Dream: Love’s Silhouette

Pieces of a Dream may have celebrated their 25th anniversary in the music business last year, but Love’s Silhouette (Heads Up) proves that the group still has a lot of solid, percolating, groove-driven urban jazz left in it.

The band sounds fresh and vigorous throughout the album; keyboardist James Lloyd’s nimble-fingered, jazzy piano stylings give the uptempo “Tonight’s the Night” plenty of bounce, and guest artist Gerald Veasley’s bass prowls restlessly beneath Lloyd’s moody piano on the smooth “Nice & Easy.” On the band’s take on “My Funny Valentine,” singer (and Stephanie Mills sound-alike) Tracy Hamlin’s vocals purr, swoop and soar by turns over Benjie Porecki’s piano accompaniment, while Veasley and drummer Curtis Harmon provide subtle rhythmic support. The albums most moving track is “Remembrance (9/11/01),” a ballad accented with Todd Parsnow’s delicate acoustic guitar, the track memorializes that tragic day with understated grace and elegance.