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Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (27 of 29)
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 142,340 - Total Helpful Votes: 27 of 29
Travel Guide ~ Ralph Towner
Travel Guide ~ Ralph Towner
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of my favourite personal discoveries this year has been the music of Ralph Towner. He's been a master of melody and atmosphere for the last 40 years, and I was happy to discover that a new album, with two other guitarists who I was unfamiliar with, was to be released in October.

What I wasn't expecting was the surprise of just how wonderfully spellbinding each track on this album would be, and that it would be catapulted straight into my top 10 ECM albums, alongside the lofty company of The Köln Concert, Bright Size Life and Towner's own Solo Concert. The three guitars here blend perfectly, and through highlighting each player at different times gives the album so much… Read more
Lua Ya ~ Yeahwon Shin
Lua Ya ~ Yeahwon Shin
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I wasn't previously aware of Korean singer Yeahwon Shin before this album came up in ECM's release schedule. I found that she had released one previous album, of primarily Brasilian material. It's worth seeking out (titled simply 'Yeahwon') - evergreens such as 'Dindi' and 'Inutil Paisagem' are given fresh life.

This new album is on a different level entirely, though. As you can read from the liner-notes quote in the product description, this music is improvisatory in nature, inspired in part by Korean children's lullabies. Yeahwon's voice floats lightly and beautifully over Aaron Parks' sensitive and minimal piano accompaniment, with Rob Curto's accordion proving to be the… Read more
Dobrinka Tabakova: String Paths ~ Dobrinka Tabakova
Dobrinka Tabakova: String Paths ~ Dobrinka Tabakova
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I remember how saddened I was by the passing of Henryk Gorecki, and thinking then that I hoped Arvo Part would still have a good few years left in him to write more wonderful music. I wondered if any younger composers would come along who would move me in the way that these two have - and now, by chance, on an Amazon recommendation, I find this CD, featuring works by a composer mere months younger than me, who I was previously unaware of.

There are moments throughout this album where I'm reminded of Gorecki and Part, but Tabakova's writing style is still very much her own. I love string pieces that feel invigorating, and are striking and powerful, and thus find myself listening… Read more

Wish List

The New Quartet ~ Gary Burton
The New Quartet ~ Gary Burton
Savoy Wars ~ David Britton/Michael Butterworth
Savoy Wars ~ David Britton/Michael Butterworth
Africa Brasil ~ Jorge Ben
Africa Brasil ~ Jorge Ben
Arabesque ~ Jane Birkin
Arabesque ~ Jane Birkin
Der Bote: Elegies for Piano ~ Alexei Lubimov