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Lingering Light

by Jeff Pearce

solo Chapman Stick recording by ambient musician Jeff Pearce. Mixed by Grammy award wining engineer Corin Nelsen. Haunting, melodic, engaging instrumental music.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. A Secret to Hide
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2. In the Quiet Days Before
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3. Jasmine in Lingering Light
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4. Gentle Lessons
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5. First Wounding
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6. First Healing
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7. These Things Unspoken
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8. Everything in Time
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9. From the Mountain's Dark Side
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10. Almost the Moon
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11. Her Heart Holds Winter, Unforgiven
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12. In the Silent Years to Come
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Lingering Light" is the latest release from award winning ambient musician Jeff Pearce. Unlike his earlier releases, which featured processed electric guitars, the music on "Lingering Light" was composed and performed on the Chapman Stick (R).

The music on "Lingering Light" was mixed and mastered by Grammy award winning recording engineer Corin Nelsen at Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road recording studio in Windham County, VT.

"This is one remarkable piece of music. Jeff continues to grow as a player and technician (just the *sound* of this recording is stunning), but it's really the content of the music itself which makes 'Lingering Light' remarkable. There are a lot of guitarists working in musical realms which, on the surface, might bear comparison to Jeff's work, but in this wonderfully cohesive collection his 'voice' emerges as distinct and unique. Most important of all, this music is present... not hiding behind anything... just pure available emotion."

-Will Ackerman, Windham County, VT


Some things you may or may not know about Jeff Pearce:


- Jeff's first cd, "Tenderness and Fatality", was released twelve years ago in 1993. He was 13 years old (with a margin of error of 13 years).

- Music from "Tenderness and Fatality" was used on an audiophile cd created by the Mercedes-Benz company to showcase the soundsystem in their high end vehicles (vehicles which Jeff could not then, and cannot now, afford).

- Jeff's second cd, "The Hidden Rift" (1996) was reviewed in, of all places, Downbeat magazine. (Jeff still wonders how that happened, and sometimes wonders if that reviewer lost his job at the famous jazz magazine)

- Jeff's third cd, "Vestiges", (1998) was composed and recorded entirely at night, thanks to the presence of his newborn daughter. Contrary to what people may tell you, babies do NOT sleep all day. Or change their own diapers....

- in late 1998, Jeff played his first concert at a Cincinnati radio station. Starting something of a
tradition for him, Jeff played the concert without any shoes on. After the concert, he was asked by an attendee "why did you play barefoot? Is that a 'new age' thing?" Jeff replied "absolutely".

- in reality, Jeff plays concerts sock-footed because he taps numerous foot pedals during his concerts- very small foot pedals that SHOULD, because of their diminutive size, be called "toe pedals" by their manufacturers. Jeff
also eventually told this to the person at the Cincinnati concert, who seemed somewhat disappointed to hear the reason had nothing to do with being "a new age thing".

- Jeff's 1999 cd "Daylight Slowly", as well as his follow-up cd "To the Shores of Heaven" (2000) was reviewed in Billboard magazine. That reviewer eventually DID loose his job. Jeff's cd's had nothing to do with this- at least that's what Jeff tells himself so he can sleep at night.

- Jeff's cd "To the Shores of Heaven" received the "favorite
ambient/electronic cd" award from the magazine New Age Voice in mid-2001. Less than two years later, the magazine folded. No- Jeff's music is NOT cursed.

- Jeff's 2001 cd release "The Light Beyond" was recorded live at a Star's End radio concert at 2:00 in the morning. To this day, Jeff doesn't really recall all the details of recording the music. He just remembers that the hosts of the program wouldn't feed him until he was through playing his music.

- Jeff's 2002 release "Bleed" was recorded shortly after the birth of his second daughter. Unlike "Vestiges", Jeff couldn't record the music at night because, unlike his first daughter, Jeff's second daughter liked to stay up all night.

- And Jeff's second daughter liked to stay up at night for years to come, which is why it took until 2005 for him to release "Lingering Light".


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K. Bird

Wonderful, relaxing music.
I heard Jeff Pearce for the first time on Echoes and immediately ordered the CD the next morning. I was not disappointed either, as the entire disc is full of some of the most relaxing, melodic music imaginable. Perfect music for fall but equally good anytime you need to relax. Absolutely wonderful work.

Kathy Parsons

Gorgeous!
No, Jeff Pearce has not suddenly switched from guitar to piano. I heard some samples from “Lingering Light” and fell in love with the music, so I’m the one who has temporarily jumped ship! When I did CD reviews for the print version of Wind and Wire, Jeff’s name came up all the time as one of the foremost artists in the ambient genre, but since I did mostly piano and keyboard reviews, I never had the chance to hear his music. I’m kicking myself for that now, as this is some amazing music. Known as a guitar innovator for quite a number of years, Pearce composed and recorded the music for “Lingering Light” exclusively on the Chapman Stick, an electric guitar-like instrument that is kind of a bridge between guitar and keyboard. The instrument has ten strings, and the strings are usually tapped. The playing position is different from a guitar, and both hands play the strings, allowing the player to play melody and accompaniment. The range is about 5 1/4 octaves. In Pearce’s hands, the sound is ethereal and sooooooo relaxing. This is truly one of the most beautiful albums I’ve heard in a very long time. A bit on the melancholy side, the music is leisurely, open, and deeply emotional. The quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson in the liner notes really says it all: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” All twelve tracks are gorgeous and create a mood of peaceful reflection. Give your ears, mind, and soul a real treat and check this out. Very highly recommended!

B James

Quiet and Thoughtful
The great ambient swaths of The Light Beyond and To the Shores of Heaven have been put aside for more melodic pieces. Lingering Light in many ways picks up where Bleed left off. While not as melancholy as Bleed, Linering Light is quiet and thoughtful.

Jeff Kowal, Lotuspike

Outstanding musicanship
Jeff has been at the forefront of ambient guitar compostion his whole career. With Lingering Light, he takes a new path by introducing a body of work composed entirely on the Chapman Stick. Clean, Elegant melodies replace Pearce's vast sound washes. The music on this CD is beautiful, but has undercurrents of tension and unease. Very sophisitcated and we executed. Cant recommend it enough.

Richard Souther

Lingering Light takes you to a great place!
Jeff's playing on Lingering Light is beautiful. The recording is spectacular. It would make a wonderful soundtrack for that trip you've been needing to take.

inga

Before its time...
This is the kind of music that lifts you away from this century into a different time, a different dimension. Away from hectic stressful days into a place of expanded consciousness and heightened spirituality. Jeff's sonic vision is at once dreamy, melancholic, hopeful, relaxing, and spiritually cleansing. It is a masterpiece not only because of the superb production and tasteful simplicity - but also because the music overlaps into a reality beyond reality. This beautifully crafted album offers a gateway back to earth, back to our roots, back to the infinite Self. A must have for anyone who appreciates quality music, meditation, harmonious living, and spirituality.

And what a beautiful title!

Bill Binkelman

A melancholic masterpiece
I've been a fan of Jeff's music for over ten years and this may be his crowning achievement (and considering how I highly I rate "Vestiges" and "The Hidden Rift" that's really saying something). Lingering Light is sublime and evocative music...deeply personal and drenched in the same sepia-toned someberness as the album cover deftly illustrates. This CD may be the perfect soundtrack for grey autumn afternoon drives through a rural landscape, as it draws the listener into a contemplative mindset yet the music itself is so flowingly melodic that to describe it as "relaxing" is selling it way too short. Jeff Pearce continues to set the bar so high that few musicians wil ever reach it.

Laura Sullivan

A Timeless Masterpiece
Jeff Pearce is one of my all time favorite artists. I was first introduced to his music through his album "Bleed" and have been a Pearce addict ever since.

The melodies of, "Lingering Light" bring to my mind walks on a cool autumn night with multi colored leaves falling all around. Hearing Jeff's passionate playing I feel longing and love and am inspired.

"Lingering Light" is my new perfect companion for relaxation, meditation, writing, dreaming. It is timeless...

Tanya Hogan

l o v e it
this is a new area of music for me.... Jeff's sounds are so soothing and really refreshing to hear...they put me in a place where i can actually think with more emphasis and meaning...they really do reflect the title of the cd.. a really beautiful collection of delightful music with nothing missing.. just beautiful, caring sound that wraps you and calms you....