Imaginary Roads

Performers William Ackerman

Windham Hill Records | October 6, 2009 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: William Ackerman (guitar, piano); Charles Bisharat (violin); Kifu Mitsuhashi (shakuhachi flute); Jill Haley (oboe); Philip Aaberg, Allaudin Mathieu (piano); Chuck Greenberg (lyricon, synthesizer); Michael Manring (fretless bass).
Recorded at Studio D, Sausalito, California and Different Fur Recording, San Francisco, California.
1988's IMAGINARY ROADS is one of guitarist William Ackerman's finest albums, and the one where the new instruments Ackerman had been slowly adding to his sound through the '80s finally jelled with his distinctive playing. The result is that even on the duet pieces, Ackerman and his musical partners sound and feel like an actual band, not a composer and his sidemen.
Interesting additions like shakuhachi flute, oboe, and fretless bass join the usual synthesizers, piano and violins, giving a variety and depth to the arrangements which is sometimes missing from Ackerman's more monochromatic earlier albums. Fascinatingly, the albums concludes with very different alternate takes of "Darrow's Barn" and "If You Look," showing that Ackerman and his musicians are as attuned to nuances in different performances as a set of fine jazz musicians.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 6, 2009

Genre: Guitar

Style: New Age

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1988

Label Name: Windham Hill Records

UPC: 618322100928

Found in: Guitar

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Imaginary Roads

Imaginary Roads

Performers William Ackerman
Guest Artist(s) Charlie Bisharat, Chuck Greenberg, Michael Manring, Philip Aaberg

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 6, 2009

Genre: Guitar

Style: New Age

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1988

Label Name: Windham Hill Records

UPC: 618322100928


Title Track Time
1.Moment in Which You must Have Finally Let Go Of The Tether Which Has Held Your Hope Airborne, The --
2.Region of Clouds, A --
3.If You Look --
4.Floyd's Ghost --
5.Wondering Again What's Behind the Eyes --
6.Dawn Treader --
7.Prospect of Darrow's barn and the Blossoms of an Apple Spring on Imaginary Road, The --
8.Brother A Teaches 7 --
9.Innocent Moon --
10.Moment-Reprise, The --
11.If You Look [Version II] --
12.Darrow's Barn [Version II] --

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Personnel: William Ackerman (guitar, piano); Charles Bisharat (violin); Kifu Mitsuhashi (shakuhachi flute); Jill Haley (oboe); Philip Aaberg, Allaudin Mathieu (piano); Chuck Greenberg (lyricon, synthesizer); Michael Manring (fretless bass).
Recorded at Studio D, Sausalito, California and Different Fur Recording, San Francisco, California.
1988's IMAGINARY ROADS is one of guitarist William Ackerman's finest albums, and the one where the new instruments Ackerman had been slowly adding to his sound through the '80s finally jelled with his distinctive playing. The result is that even on the duet pieces, Ackerman and his musical partners sound and feel like an actual band, not a composer and his sidemen.
Interesting additions like shakuhachi flute, oboe, and fretless bass join the usual synthesizers, piano and violins, giving a variety and depth to the arrangements which is sometimes missing from Ackerman's more monochromatic earlier albums. Fascinatingly, the albums concludes with very different alternate takes of "Darrow's Barn" and "If You Look," showing that Ackerman and his musicians are as attuned to nuances in different performances as a set of fine jazz musicians.
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