Keep Your Dreams
Keep Your Dreams completes an unintended trilogy of Joseph Diamondâ€™s recordings. On August 28, 2008, Joseph, age 48 died of a heart attack while walking down a Manhattan street. He was putting the finishing touches on this album. These 12-tracks incorporate many unique moods and textures, capturing the ongoing energy and intensity of the artist at his creative peak. Working once again with his longtime rhythm section of bassist Leo Traversa (Tania Maria, Astrud Gilberto) and drummer Vince Cherico (Ray Barretto, Paquito Dâ€™Rivera) and top NYC musicians Bruce Williamson (alto and soprano sax), Diego Lopez (congas, bongo, guiro), Mala Waldron (vocals), Cecilia Tenconi (flute, alto flute), Kenny Rampton (flugelhorn) and Nancy Assis and Gilad (percussion), Diamond takes a listener on fascinating journey that winks back at where heâ€™s been while boldly taking steps towards the limitless future of contemporary jazz. The depth, color and richness of these exciting tracks, from the opening Montoya Mambo II to the hauntingly prophetic Requiem and everything in between, reflect the breadth of Josephâ€™s lively piano technique, attention to detail and sparkling sound, making this a must- have and a much-played favorite.