A fresh and brilliant work

Dreams of You


Jeremy Mohney

A fresh and brilliant work

Get ready to swing! Dreams of You by vocalist and alto saxophonist Jeremy Mohney is a stunning recording that hearkens back to classic swing-era and traditional jazz, yet is up to the minute, with a set of all-original songs recorded in extraordinary high-resolution DSD and SACD sound. The music is fresh and new with a welcome hint of Cab Calloway. Start with track one, Burning In Me, and see if it doesn’t put a smile on your face. Track Two, The Octave Stomp, hearkens back to the good old days of the 20s when music reigned on high. Dreams of You is a reference-quality master recording that exemplifies state-of-the-art recording equipment and technique. It will be a treasured gem in anyone’s musical collection.


Jeremy Mohney

The swing’s the thing here, and Mohney’s music has a propulsive, toe-tapping bounce that evokes the ballrooms of a bygone era. Songs like “The Octave Stomp", “Show Me What You Got (and Swing It)”, and “Let Go”, have an irresistible groove thanks to the infectious singing and playing of Mohney and his fellow musicians: Conner Hollingsworth on upright bass, Braxton Kahn on drums, Andrew McNew on trombone and the standout guitar and banjo playing of Matt Cantor, who provides a rich chordal and rhythmic accompaniment and inventive soloing. How did a modern-day musician like Jeremy Mohney get so steeped in the sounds of swing? “I was close to my grandfather and from a very early age, he played me music like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Artie Shaw. It just kind of stuck with me,” Mohney noted. “I was also into the Beatles and Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. But in the 1920s, people like Louis Armstrong redefined what music could be and basically made everything that followed possible.”

The Music

01 - Burning in Me
02 - The Octave Stomp
03 - Show Me What You Got (And Swing It)
04 - Dreams of You
05 - If I Could Have a Dollar
06 - Fireside Swing
07 - Let Go
08 - Mohney's Madness
09 - Graham Court Toodle-oo
10 - How Much Can My Poor Heart Take Now

The Recording

The album was recorded by Jay Elliott, produced by Thom LaFond, and mixed by Elliott and LaFond. Giselle Collazo assisted, and Octave Records’ Jessica Carson was the executive producer. The small-group ensemble is captured with clarity and warmth, with each instrument well-defined in an intimate aural space. Dreams of You was recorded mostly “live.” The music was composed in advance but with room for improvisation. “We wrote out the chord charts and memorized the melodies and riffs,” Mohney said. “That’s the way they would have done it back in the day. We wanted to make sure everyone had an idea of what they wanted to do but kept that on-the-spot spirit of improvisation.” Mics EV ND68 – Kick Drum In Audix D4 – Floor Tom Soundelux U195 – Front of Kick Beyerdynamic M201 – Snare EV RE11 – Trombone Alternate 2 EV RE20s – Sax and Trombone - Alternate 2 Coles 4038 -  Sax and Trombone - Main Sennheiser 409 – Guitar Cabinet Matched pair Beesneez Lulu FETs – Stereo Drum Overheads and 12th fret acoustic on some tracks Neumann KM84 – Upright Bass Neck ADK Z-MOD Z251 – Acoustic Guitar and Banjo ADK Z-MOD Z67 – Upright Bass Main and Some Lead Vocals ADK Hamburg 67 T-FET - Some Lead Vocals Royer R-121 – Mono Drum Overhead AKG 414 – Mono Room Mic in Omni on some tracks Microphone Preamps: 3 Forssell SMP-2b – Sax, Bass and Acoustic Guitar API 3124 – Bass/Electric Guitar Grace Design M108 - Drums Rupert Neve Designs 5012 – Vocals and Trombone Recording System: Sonoma 32 track DSD recorder with Meitner A/D Converters Trident TSM Console Outboard - Stam Audio SA-2A Compressor – some vocals BAE 73EQL 500 series EQ – Electric guitar cabinet

Album Features

  • One pressing Austrian gold-pressed dual-layer SACD
  • Pure DSD + PROMastered CD layers
  • DVD data disc containing DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz 24 bit, 96kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 16 bit PCM
  • Pure DSD recorded on the Sonoma DSD system
  • Mixed in analog on Octave Record's Studer analog console
  • DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz 24 bit, 96kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 16 bit PCM download
  • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
  • Mastering monitored through the PS Audio DirectStream DAC
  • All tracks hand-curated on the aspen FR30 in PS Audio's Music Room Two
  • Limited edition one-pressing physical media

Record Reviews

That album needs to come with a warning!
About this time every month I sit down in my music room, with my laptop on my knee, cue up some nice music, and spend an otherwise tedious afternoon getting my financial spreadsheet for the month sorted out. Today, I cued up “Dreams Of You”.

Bad idea. Couldn’t concentrate on the spreadsheet at all .. and even if I could, my feet were tapping so much I couldn’t read what was on the screen. That album needs to come with a warning!

- Richard

About Octave Records

Bringing life to music

Octave Records™ is dedicated to offering the highest-quality life-like stereo recordings in high-resolution formats including pure DSD and high resolution PCM to 352.8kHz. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Octave has built one of the industry’s most technologically advanced DSD recording facilities based around the state-of-the-art Pyramix DSD recording, mixing, and mastering system.

At Octave, we respect musicians by paying them fairly. Octave Records covers 100% of all studio, mixing, mastering, production, distribution, and marketing expenses so that artists may have the opportunity to bring their music and magic to the world in the highest fidelity possible while retaining ownership of their music.

At Octave, it’s all about bringing life to the music.


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