[On Akram's latest release] he really embraces world jazz as part of his sound. Landing somewhere in a gulf that fuses flamenco with middle eastern with amorphous world jazz, Akram serves up a winning combination that makes great adult alternative listening. Light years away from his early new agey roots, this is full bodied music that’ll stand on its own legs away from the yoga mats. Irresistible stuff that never lets you down.
Leader Chuck Wild steps up once again with a set of calming music that massage therapists and aggravated parents might find more than handy to have around. Not so much listening music as feeling music, this is like a church music for a church youve been looking to join but cant seem to find. Highlighting the more touchy feely side of new age, this goes the distance in that realm.
Welsh park ranger by day, sensitive acoustic guitarist by night, this dude’s day job certainly gives him the space to be a sensitive guitarist as he’s surrounded by a lot of nature and probably a lot of solitude if “Local Hero” gave us any indication and things haven’t changed much. A nice look back at simplicity and elegance meeting at the vortex and making pure music that easily touches you. A very winning debut.
A career retrospective of new age from Hawaii with two new tracks for this collection. Tastefully programmed for use in healing arts or just pure listening as a world beat inspired set, this is a well conceived outing that nicely touches the heart and opens the ears. What’s even better, this isn’t just girl friend music.
For all the musicians that have claimed to pull music from nature, Howe puts them all to shame. A Welsh park ranger that really does find music in nature and nature in music, draws on myths and spirits to power this set that once gain shows how deep his soul is touched by nature. Proving that his debut was no flash in the pan, this is an NAC guitarist that has chops and soul to spare and seems to be able to pull inspiration from a very deep well. This is must hearing for any serious acoustic guitar fan that wants nothing less than the real deal.