Innocent When You Dream: Dirt In The Ground

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Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. The quintet regularly performs in NY area, LA and has been featured at notable Jazz clubs: The B-Flat (Berlin), Upstairs (Montreal) and The Rex (Toronto). Their first record "Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits" was release on Jazz Collective Records (2010) and their second recording "Dirt In The Ground" will be available May 2017.

"Snaky and funky sounds abound! Innocent When You Dream weave their artistry and style into a tapestry of atmospheric playground material that takes the ear on both fascinating and dangerous journeys to the lands beyond your typical jazz stylings. Gorgeous sounds from Aaron Shragge, move the music into a deep and tranquil space, adding breath and scope to the many melodies and moments that float in and out throughout..."

-Ingrid Jensen (Juno award winning trumpeter/composer)

"Innocent When You Dream is a singular and distinctive statement that stands out from the crowd." – Dr. Steve Kinigstein, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine


released May 12, 2017

Aaron Shragge - Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi
Jonathan Lindhorst - Tenor Saxophone
Ryan Butler - Guitar
Nico Dann - Drums
Dan Fortin - Bass
Joe Grass - Pedal Steel (tracks except 1, 2 & 4)

Recorded at: Studio 270 in Montreal, Canada
By Tim Gowdy
Mixed & Mastered by Jeff Wolpert at
Desert Fish Inc
All photos by Erika Kapin
Tracks 1,2,3 & 11 by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennen © Jalma Music (ASCAP)
Tracks 4 & 6-10 by Tom Waits © Jalma Music (ASCAP)
Track 5 by Tom Waits © BMG Gold Songs Six Palms Music Corp OBO Fifth Floor Music Inc.



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Aaron Shragge New York, New York

Trumpeter/Shakuhachi player and composer Aaron Shragge is active in the NY Jazz, improvised and world music scenes. Aaron Shragge also regularly performs in Canada and abroad. His current project include the Innocent When You Dream: The Music of Tom Waits and his duo with guitarist Ben Monder. ... more

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