This 22-track collection comprises various previously released album cuts by 21 independent musicians produced over the last five years by Will Ackerman, with the final song provided by the Grammy Award-winning guitarist and Windham Hill Records founder himself.
The CD strikes a nice balance between piano-based compositions
and guitar-centric tunes, with the one exception being a number from ubiquitous
trumpeter Jeff Oster. Although the artists are independent, they are every bit
as creatively brilliant and technically accomplished as their major-label
counterparts. In fact, this album sounds just like a Windham Hill Records
sampler. These musicians deserve to be represented by major labels, if it weren’t
for the fact that major labels aren’t as interested in new age and contemporary
instrumental music these days.
While this is basically a various-artists compilation, it is not
a typically haphazard collection of discordant styles and idiosyncrasies.
Ackerman has done a fantastic job of culling different songs that, although
composed and performed by musicians each of whom have a unique and distinct
voice, are of one accord musically, resulting in a gentle and tranquil
soundtrack that’s perfect for road trips both real and imaginary.