Composer, bandleader, bass player, and jazz educator Graham Collier has propelled the British jazz scene since the 1960s. His passion for live jazz and the interaction of jazz musicians is evident on the new release of Hoarded Dreams. The second release of a major work by Collier on Cuneiform Records, Hoarded Dreams was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain for the 1983 Bracknell Jazz Festival.
This release is a live recording of the festival performance in 1983. It features nineteen hand-picked all-star musicians that seem to thrive on, if not generate intensity as they skillfully weave their solos in and out of Collier's 7-part suite. In his own words, Collier states "Overall the piece inhabits that area between the purely written and the purely improvised." The jovial, probing solos push the boundries of instrumental range and commingle with the seriousness of the composition. Extended techniques like multi phonics are used, then there are moments of pure swing. The playing is phenomenal and full of energy only a live performance can produce. Composed and recorded over twenty years ago, Hoarded Dreams is still fresh, hard hitting, and modern. Hoarded Dreams is an important contribution from the multifaceted Collier, whose work as a performer, composer, educator, leader, and author may continue to influence the direction of jazz for years to come.