Waking Dreams tells a personal story, based on experiences from the past 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. When I was unable to devote enough attention to the music during my conscious life, its need for existence came through in restless dreams in the early morning hours. In the end, writing, playing, and listening to these Waking Dreams has had a healing effect for me. It is my hope that you will find them to have a similar effect. Most of all, I wish that we all can find a personal freedom from the darkness and strife that often surrounds us. May we find real peace, real joy, and real happiness.
- Chris Dingman, 2011
Special care was put into making this album an experience. For best results, listen from beginning to end without pause.
released 21 June 2011
Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet
Loren Stillman – saxophones
Fabian Almazan – piano
Joe Sanders – bass
Justin Brown – drums
Chris Dingman – vibraphone
with special guests:
Ryan Ferreira - guitar (track 3)
Erica Von Kleist – flute (tracks 8 & 12)
Mark Small – bass clarinet (track 8)
All compositions by Chris Dingman (Between Worlds – BMI),
except “Nocturnal” by Joe Chambers (Hocham Music – BMI),
and “Epilogue: Stillness” by Chris Dingman and Ben Oppenheim (Between Worlds - BMI)
Produced by Chris Dingman
Ambrose Akinmusire appears courtesy of Blue Note Records
Recorded August 18, 2010 at Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY
Engineer: Andy Taub Assistant Engineer: Ben Liscio
Mixed and Mastered by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Additional tracking and production by Ryan Ferreira
Cover art by Hye Jeong Park
Design by Ariel Lapidus and Moose Herd Creative
Many many thanks to Ambrose, Loren, Fabian, Joe, and Justin for giving voice to this music. For all of your creative help making this happen, thanks to Ryan, Erica, and Mark; Michael, Nancy, and Joe Marciano, and Max Ross at Systems Two; Andy and Ben at Brooklyn Recording; Ariel, Hye Jeong, Moose Herd Creative, Ben Oppenheim, Nancy Adams, and Martha Shane. For your support, a big thank you to Elinor Ives Goff, Jody Kipper, Dorothy Ives, Matt Merewitz, Kisa Korello, Gary Dingman, and Richard Cramer. For being a part of this music, thank you Eric McPherson, Aidan Carroll, Tommy Crane, Kaoru Watanabe, Romain Collin, Walter Smith, Zach Harmon, Tim Green, Keith Witty, Noah Baerman, Steve Lehman, and Sebastian Kaplan-Sears. For your inspiration and wisdom, thank you Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, SN Goenka, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Locke, John Magnussen, and Jay Hoggard.
A special thank you to my parents, Joe and Carolyn Dingman, and sister Betsy Dingman – your endless love and support makes everything possible, and my gratitude could never be fully expressed on a page this size. An extra special thank you to Zaneta Sykes – your energy, presence, love, and care has made me and this music complete, and I can’t thank you enough for your contributions as co-producer, deep listener, muse, audient, editor, manager, and always soul mate.