– Nate Chinen, The New York Times
– Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
“A lyrically resplendent masterpiece that resides in the upper echelon of modern-day jazz expositions.”
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Waking Dreams tells a personal story, based on experiences from 12 years of my life. In these experiences, I believe there are elements – darkness, struggle, and loss, desire and hope, happiness, joy, and peace – that are universal to the human condition. For me, the music gives voice and release to these fundamental aspects of being alive in a way that I cannot otherwise express.
– Chris Dingman, 2011