These tunes all began as solo guitar pieces yet the recording is an ensemble work. Lou Hinkley's guitar is part of the band, sharing the stage with Hank Roberts on cello, Max Buckholtz on violin, Eric Aceto on mandolin, Harry Aceto and Doug Robinson on upright bass. The supporting players on this disc have worked extensively with Martin Simpson, David Bromberg, Jay & Molly Unger and many others.
review from the Ithaca Times
"After years of playing the blues Lou Hinkley didn't realize how subtle and
complicated his original guitar pieces are until he started working on his
new recording. It's hard to define the genre of 'Ten Years at the Eclipse'.
Maybe we should call it intricate folk-jazz.
This album marks an evolution in Hinkley's blues. Expect a special ride,
starting with the breezy lyricism of "Leaves Dance in the Wind" moving
through the plaintive lyricism of "She's Coming Back", on to the dark
mystery of the title piece.
Hinkley found a compatible trio in Max Buckholtz and Harry Aceto, whose
bass lines help root Buckholtz's improvisational flights of fancy and such
guest musicians as Hank Roberts (notably on 'Angels Joy'). What were
originally solo pieces for guitar become much more. "it was really
interesting working with these textures", Hinkley says.
Hinkley writes in the liner notes, "The encouragement of many fine
musicians and friends has brought me back to the music and taught me to
listen with my heart, to play/live from my gut." There's not only good
heart and gut in these original pieces by Hinkley. There's deep soul as
well. Long time fans may miss his vocal pieces; Delia, Lazarus, Corina and
more. Don't despair. Another blues recording featuring these old friends
is planned for next year."
Pam Goddard - 'Ithaca Times'