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An American Diary: The Dreamings


Download links and information about An American Diary: The Dreamings by Mike Mainieri. This album was released in 1997 and it belongs to Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Rock genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 01:12:11 minutes.

Artist: Mike Mainieri
Release date: 1997
Genre: Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Rock
Tracks: 12
Duration: 01:12:11
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No. Title Length
1. "R" Is for Riddle 6:30
2. Los Dos Lorettas 5:23
3. The Dreamings 6:37
4. Schecharchoret 5:33
5. Bashi-Bazouk 8:35
6. Dear, My Friend (The Gift) 3:17
7. Planting Rice Is Never Fun 5:52
8. Straphangin' 6:25
9. An American Tale 4:55
10. Peyote Prayer 5:14
11. One Night In Paradise 10:28
12. Why Gypsies Are Scattered All Over the Earth 3:22



The Dreamings is the second volume of Mike Mainieri's An American Diary project. The vibraphonist and leader appears primarily with saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Marc Johnson, and drummer Peter Erskine. But thanks to the rotating cast of guest musicians, each track is a wholly new experience, distinguished by unexpected timbres and colors. Especially noteworthy are George Garzone's clarinet on "One Night in Paradise," Erik Friedlander's cello on "Planting Rice Is Never Fun," Simon Seven's didgeridoo on "The Dreamings," and Arto Tuncboyan's sazabo on "Dear, My Friend (The Gift)." Mainieri's goal was to explore his musical upbringing in an American immigrant family, as well as his later experiences as a traveling musician. His first American Diary record included music by composers as far apart as Aaron Copland and Frank Zappa. This diary entry has an even broader scope, including folk material from the Philippines and Yemen, as well as original pieces inspired by Australian aborigines, gypsies, and the Navajo and Apache tribes. Mainieri's use of the term "American" is therefore expansive, and subtly provocative. But the session never comes across as stilted political correctness or contrived world music. It swings. And in the process, it communicates with the listener in a genuine, unaffected way. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi