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Mystic Messages by Brooks & Day
- posted by Gena on 7/16/2019
BROOKS & DAY FLUTE-GUITAR DUO DEBUT NEW CD
BROOKS & DAY FLUTE-GUITAR DUO DEBUT WITH BEAUTIFUL NEW AGE ALBUM

The new Brooks & Day album is flute-oriented and full of incredibly-lovely new age music with hints of world-fusion, smooth-jazz and meditative-ambient. The album primarily features Ben Brooks on flute with quiet backing by Peter Day on acoustic guitar, but both also add some electronic keyboards, and they are joined by longtime contemporary jazzster Rob Mullins on keyboards (electric piano and synth) and Rich Mangicaro on percussion (who has played with Michael McDonald and members of The Eagles). Generally soft and gentle, the music also has some propulsive rhythms. This music should go over well with new age music fans who want something gentle, but not TOO peaceful. Enjoyable to sit and listen to, or to relax with, this is first-rate stuff.
Rating: Excellent
Mackland Ave by Mike Woodlark
- posted by Lillian on 7/16/2019
MIKE WOODLARK'S NEW CD - MACKLAND AVE
MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST MIKE WOODLARK OFFERS NEW AGE GEM


Mike Woodlark is one of those ultimate new age musicians who creates a stunning, varied and full-bodied sound, mostly by himself, as heard on his new MACKLAND AVE album. Woodlark is primarily a pianist, but he also is adept on acoustic guitar, electronic keyboards and synthesizers. He rounds out the music overall by creating a variety of other instrumentation including strings, percussion, electric guitar, horns and electric piano. In addition, on this album he also sings in a soft, gentle style on five of the 12 original compositions. Three special guests -- on piano, cello and fiddle -- make an appearance on one tune each. This is simply excellent ensemble new age music. Especially don’t miss the folk-pop song “Hey Vincent” (an ode to Van Gogh with two versions), the bouncy “Rainshine” (also with some vocals mixed in) and the rhythmic nearly out of control “Mackland Ave” tune.
Rating: Excellent
Altiplano by Ciro Hurtado
- posted by Helena on 7/16/2019
CIRO HURTADO - ALTIPLANO
PERUVIAN ACOUSTIC GUITARIST CIRO HURTADO SOUNDS LIKE NO ONE ELSE

Peruvian-born acoustic guitarist Ciro Hurtado is one of the most brilliant, yet understated of all Latin guitarists, and because of his birth and younger years in Peru (which he revisits from the USA regularly), he does not sound quite like anyone else. Although there are some Peruvian flutes on this recording (plus percussion, a little cello and a few Spanish female vocals), this is primarily an acoustic guitar album with the spotlight firmly on Hurtado. Check out his solo guitar tunes especially the remarkably difficult to play “Ciudad del Lago” and the delicate “Entre Las Estrellas.” After absorbing Peruvian folk music as a child, Hurtado heard The Beatles on short-wave radio and from that moment on he began blending native sounds with music from the rest of the world which gives his playing, composing and arranging a unique feeling. But the bottom-line is that this is accessible, easy-to-digest music that crosses cultural boundaries and has that kind of appeal that all musicians long for, music that simply sounds good and moves the listener regardless of influences, instruments or languages.
Rating: Excellent
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