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New England Roads

by Will Ackerman

Grammy Award winning Guitar compositions of haunting melody and introspection that few New Age/ Contemporary Instrumental aritsts attain.
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1. The Waves In November
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2. For John Hannah Though I've Never Met Him
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3. Goodness Who Knows
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4. The Wheel
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5. Castle Hill
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6. For The Asking
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7. The River Is Wide/Shanandoah
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8. T Bone Called It Motown
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9. Driving
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10. Walk With Me
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11. Imagine
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12. B 4 B
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13. A Koan From Hugh
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In creating Windham Hill Records in 1975, Will Ackerman, defined a genre of music or at the very least identified and nurtured a grassroots musical movement.

Disco ruled the airwaves in the mid-1970s, and Ackerman and the musicians he signed and produced offered a radical and even brave alternative to the trends of the time. Where popular music was dominated by electronic drumming, dance beats and rhythm, Windham Hill offered an oasis of acoustic sounds with an emphasis on melody. The company and its music was wildly successful from the start, but the massive popularity, which brought worldwide attention began with the release of George Winston’s “Autumn” in 1980. Will Ackerman was producer on recordings by George Winston, Michael Hedges, Liz Story and Shadowfax among others.

As a guitarist, Will Ackerman has now released thirteen CDs. Four have been nominated for a Grammy and his 2004 CD “Returning” won a Grammy in the New Age category.


THE WAVES IN NOVEMBER
Everyone comments that our home is beautiful and serene and they universally
assume that it must be an inspirational place for writing music. While I’m
hardly immune to it’s beauty, there is always a list of chores about two
months long facing me here and so I often have to get away to write. Last
November I got one of the beach cottages at the Castle Hill Inn in Newport
Rhode, Island. The first day I was there three songs simply emerged as I
watched the waves on a sunny fall day. This was the first of them.
Will Ackerman, guitar
Steve Schuch, violin
Jeff Haynes, Deer Skin drum and Tubanos
Derrick Jordan brushes and shaker

FOR JOHN HANNAH THOUGH I’VE NEVER MET HIM
Ever since I saw the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral I’ve wanted to thank
the actor John Hannah for his brilliant rendering of W.H. Auden’s poem, “Funeral Blues.”
Will Ackerman, guitar, electric guitar
Rocky Fretz, piano
Tony Levin, bass
David Cullen, guitar
Derrik Jordan, percussion

GOODNESS, WHO KNOWS?
For the better part of three decades I’ve known David Cullen. David has
toured with me, written music with me and has performed with me in nearly
every concert I’ve given in all these years. We were working on another project at Imaginary Road and I offhandedly asked David if he had any musical ideas floating around that he might contribute to my new recording. He said no, but then disappeared upstairs for about eight minutes, returning with this stunningly beautiful piece. I asked him in amazement where it had come from and David said, “goodness, who knows ”
Will Ackerman, lead guitar
David Cullen, guitar

THE WHEEL
When looking for material for this recording, Corin and I dug around in old
session recordings for ideas that might have promise. I often put down
little sketches of ideas when I’m recording other work and Corin thankfully keeps track of where these are buried in the studio computers. This is one
that would have been lost without Corin’s help.
Will Ackerman, guitars
Charlie Bisharat, lead violin
T Bone Wolk, bass and accordion
Jeff Haynes, percussion
Steve Schuch, violin
Noah Wilding, vocals

CASTLE HILL
Another of the pieces which sprang out of my trip to Newport last November;
this one played on the parlor guitar which was a gift from my dear friend
Michael Hedges.
Will Ackerman, parlor guitar
Jill Haley, English horns

FOR THE ASKING
This is an improv piece which first appeared on my HEARING VOICES CD. Jeff
Oster, who has become a very close friend contributed a Fluglehorn part for
this version and I’ve added some guitar parts which give it a whole new feel.
Will Ackerman, guitar
Jeff Oster, fluglehorn

THE RIVER IS WIDE/ SHANANDOAH
This is the first time in 35 years of recording that I’ve included a song I
didn’t write. I have always felt that my work, outside of the profound
influence of the French composer Erik Satie, is mostly derived from folk music
and there are few pieces of folk music which strike me as more beautiful than
the two ballads “The River is Wide” and “Shanandoah.” David Cullen created
the arrangement for this medley for which I played the lead.
Will Ackerman, lead guitar
David Cullen, guitar
T Bone Wolk, accordion
Steve Schuch, violin

T BONE CALLED IT MOTOWN
I’m dedicating this CD to T Bone Wolk who passed away last winter.
In the entire history of human beings making music there has never been anyone
more talented than T Bone Wolk. Nor has there ever been anyone kinder and
more generous than this man.

This is the third piece I wrote while at Castle Hill. When T Bone heard
the back half of it he kind of kidded me that I’d written a Motown song and
laid down a bass part that contributed to that feeling. Noah Wilding did the
beautiful vocals for the song very much in her style, but there are hints of
Smokey Robinson somewhere in there that Jeff Haynes picked up on in his vocals
as well. By the time we were done, this piece sounded considerably unlike
anything I’d written before, largely because T Bone had kindly shown me a new
direction.
Will Ackerman, guitar
Noah Wilding, voices
T Bone Wolk, bass
Jeff Haynes, percussion and voice
Jeff Oster, fluglehorn

DRIVING
This piece was originally released on my SOUND OF WIND DRIVEN RAIN CD. Many people tell me this is their favorite of mine. We’ve added a bit of subtle
percussion to this version as something new.
Will Ackerman, guitar
Charlie Bisharat, violin
Michael Manring, fretless bass
Derrick Jordan, percussion

WALK WITH ME
This was originally released on HEARING VOICES. Heather Rankin did this
unbelievable improv vocal in a first take. Corin re-mixed this and we edited
it to make it even stronger.
Will Ackerman, acoustic and electric guitars
Heather Rankin, vocal
Mark Schulman, electric guitars
Bob Muller, percussion
T Bone Wolk, bass

IMAGINE
This guitar duet came out of a session I was producing with the guitarist Shambhu. We wanted to create something together for his debut release and this all came together in about 45 minutes. I love making music like this.. keeping it simple and immediate. This piece is being released on both of our CDs in different versions, but both versions are the product of the few minutes it took for two guitarists to collaborate.
Will Ackerman, guitar
Shambhu, lead guitar
David Cullen, bass

B4B
My wife and I call each other “B” for absolutely no reason. I’m sure she
started it, but neither of us remember when or how it started. This is an improv
I recorded for her.
Will Ackerman, guitar
Noa Wilding, vocals

A KOAN FROM HUGH
This improvisation first appeared on HEARING VOICES and was written for a man
who became something of a father to me when I needed one. Jill Haley
contributed a very haunting English Horn part to this version which makes it a
very different and lovely piece.
Will Ackerman, guitar
Jill Haley, English Horn


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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Un música exquisita. Un álbum Indescriptible!.
Después de sus dos últimos y premiados álbumes, el guitarrista y padre de la música New Age, William Ackerman, lanza su esperadísimo decimoquinto trabajo bajo el nombre New England Roads, un álbum que promete ser un éxito. Después de estar inmerso por completo en la producción musical para otros artistas, Ackerman encuentra tiempo para regalarnos el anhelado sonido de su guitarra fingerstyle, pero esta vez no en solitario; junto a él colaboran un gran número de grandes músicos que anteriormente, vieron como sus piezas cobraban vida gracias a las ideas de Will, algunas de ellas, recibieron grandes premios. Artistas como: David Cullen, Jill Halley, Jeff Oster, Jeff Haynes, Derrik Jordan, Noah Wilding o Shambhu, prestan sus instrumentos para acompañar al Maestro en las trece composiciones que componen este CD; ocho completamente nuevas, 4 extraídas de dos álbumes anteriores y una adaptación (medley). New England Roads no sólo representa a la gran figura con la que el público está familiarizado, sino que también dibuja un exquisito retrato personal del guitarrista.

La primera composición de New England Roads nació un soleado día de otoño al pie del mar; un lugar inspirador, sin duda. "The Waves in November" es una apacible música que se deja llevar al ritmo de las mareas. Delicada a más no poder, en esta dulce pieza se unen guitarra, violín y percusión. Una maravilla en la que la guitarra sabe cuando destacar o dar protagonismo al violín. Interesante!. Una de mis preferidas!.

Inspirada por la película Cuatro Bodas y un Funeral, "For John Hannah Though I've Never Met Him" es un agradecimiento al actor John Hannah por su magistral interpretación en el largometraje. Una música con tintes melancólicos interpretados a dúo con una guitarra y un piano.

Dos fantásticos punteos dan vida a "Goodness Who Knows". Ackerman y David Cullen han compartido en multitud de ocasiones escenario y ahora dan muestra de una complicidad asombrosa. Diferentes acordes se unen a brillantes armónicos y notas que acaban en una entrañable y emotiva melodía. Otra de las grandes composiciones que se pueden escuchar en este álbum!. Me gusta!.

Otra de mis favoritas es "The Wheel". Una música alentadora y llena de fuerza donde William saca el máximo partido a su guitarra, rasgueando con energía y golpeando con fuerza acordes, mientras, el violín acompaña con otra melodía de lo más intensa. Qué belleza!.

"Castle Hill" es el recuerdo a un gran guitarrista, Michael Hedges. Este tema es de una triste hermosura, el cuerno inglés mantiene una apenada melodía, haciendo de esta la música protagonista, realmente bella; entretanto, la guitarra de Ackerman arpegia acordes como acompañamiento.

Extraída del álbum Hearing Voices (2001), "For The Asking" es una increíble obra, difícil de creer si decimos que es improvisada. Jeff Oster acompaña con su instrumento de viento a Will en esta nueva versión, ofreciéndole un sentimiento más profundo y un ligero toque de soledad.

La adaptación de la que hablábamos en un comienzo es el medley "The River is Wide/Shanandoah", una de las sorpresas de este excepcional álbum y que después de treinta y cinco años sin grabar una pieza escrita por él mismo, Ackerman decide incluir. Dos obras tradicionales interpretadas por guitarras y arreglo de cuerdas con gran mimo. La ternura de su melodía es una característica notable en esta adaptación.

New England Roads está dedicado al grandísimo bajista T-Bone Wolk, tristemente fallecido en el invierno de 2010. "T-Bone Called it Motown" es poseedora de una de las melodías más emocionantes de todo el CD, logrando bañar los ojos con tristes lágrimas. El toque dolorido de William con su guitarra es el preámbulo de una voz poderosa, desconsolada y rota interpretada por Noah Wilding. Desgarradora. Otra de mis preferidas!.

"Driving", del álbum Sound of Wind Driven Rain (1998) es otra de las composiciones que levantan el ánimo con energía. Una de las piezas más conocidas (y con razón) de Ackerman, está varía de su versión original por la sutil percusión añadida, lo que le aporta una gran fuerza a la melodía. Me encanta esta nueva versión!. Wow!.

"Walk With Me" es un tema extraído del álbum Hearing Voices (2001) y es mi pieza preferida en todo el CD. La voz de Noah es la estrella en todo momento, eclipsando con su dulzura y potencia vocal a todos los instrumentos que le acompañan. Percusión, violín y un sorprendente punteo de guitarra eléctrica siguen a Noah con un ritmo que llega a ser hipnotizador. Sin palabras...

Shambhu y Will se unen para dar vida a "Imagine", una pieza que ya aparecía en el álbum debut del guitarrista Shambhu, Sacred Love - Feel The Journey. Una música serena, en la que las guitarras se unen para ofrecernos una cariñosa y reflexiva melodía, creadora de maravillosos sueños.

El toque romántico en New England Roads lo pone, "B 4 B", donde la voz de Noah y la guitarra de Will se enlazan con una pasión indescriptible. Las pausas dicen tanto como las notas que arranca el artista de su guitarra, creando una melodía entrañable e íntima que llega al alma. Sin palabras se puede decir todo. Fantástico!.

Nuevamente y como final para este CD, Ackerman apuesta por una obra de su anterior trabajo Hearing Voices (2001), concretamente, "A Koan From Hugh". En esta nueva versión, aparece el cuerno inglés de la artista Jill Haley, quien contribuye con una breve y apacible melodía, siendo el fondo perfecto para la guitarra.


New England Roads es el décimoquinto álbum del premiado compositor, guitarrista y productor William Ackerman. Un álbum sublime, repleto de melodías increíbles, donde no sólo la guitarra de Ackerman, ya de por sí fascinante, es la única protagonista. La música que podemos encontrar en este CD hará las delicias de todos los apasionados de la música en general; guitarras, violín, percusiones, voces o vientos son algunos de los instrumentos que surgen en New England Roads en composiciones realmente atractivas e interesantes. Puede escuchar cientos de veces este CD y nunca dejará de sorprenderle, se lo aseguro. Compruébelo usted mismo!. Sencillamente asombroso, New England Roads es un álbum muy altamente recomendable!.

reviewsnewage.com
03/05/11