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Carl Weingarten’s Pastoral Trek

June 2, 2014

An Echoes Favorite Evokes Windham Hill, Miles Davis and Ry Cooder in a Pastoral Americana Journey
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life_cover_250I don’t know why I’m surprised that Carl Weingarten has made an album of such sweet simplicity and pastoral bliss. I shouldn’t be. Over the course of more than three decades this musician has taken so many twists and turns in his music that the only surprise would be if he repeated himself. I first heard of him in the early 1980s with the St. Louis progressive rock group Delay Tactics. That was followed by his ambient period reflecting the influence of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. His move to San Francisco brought more acoustic elements into his music as he became a devotee of the dobro, a resonator guitar that he deployed on Redwood Melodies: A Traveler’s CompanionThe Bay Area’s vibrant world music scene also had an impact on albums like Blue Faith.

He brings many of these elements together on Life Under Stars, creating an album that’s like a ride through the countryside, with landscapes changing around every corner. You can smell the fresh air on the opening track, “I Remember Summer,” a wistful trek down a backwoods lane with Robert M. Powell’s yearning pedal steel guitar buoyed by the liquid flow of Michael Manring’s electric bass and some high plains piano from Kit Walker.

The album shifts between these Windham Hill like reveries to more spacey night sky excursions like “A Different Rain” and “Sundial.” The former track harkens back to his 1980s music, built around delays and loops of Weingarten’s electric guitar. Playing mostly solo, he creates a guitar chamber ensemble articulating a perfect, circular balance, like a Zen garden, but without using any Asian modes or instruments. “Sundial” is a free-float of dew-glistened sustained electric guitar suspended over a cycling acoustic guitar motif.

Ever since he picked up the dobro, Americana has been an important part of Weingarten’s sound, and it suffuses Life Under Stars, especially on tracks like “Western Overnight.” Once again Powell’s pedal steel calls down from a prairie heaven, casting a chrome glow over Weingarten’s rustic guitar and dobro.

Western Overnight

Carl Weingarten Live in Echoes Living Room

Carl Weingarten Live in Echoes Living Room

Michael Manring, Weingarten’s longtime associate, is all over the album, lending his deep rubbery bass lines to Weingarten’s compositions. He’s like a wise soul both anchoring and propelling Weingarten’s airy flights. Both musicians have been playing in a trio with trumpeter Jeff Oster over the last few years and you can hear a hint of that in the electric-Miles Davis inflections on “Nightwalk. ” It echoes In A Silent Way, with Celso Alberti’s brush stroked train groove and Troy Arnett’s piano-in-space mood laying the starfield for Oster’s muted trumpet melodies and Weingarten’s electric slide guitar.

Nightwalk

Only “Code Blue,” with its funky groove and Weingarten’s distorted blues guitar licks, sounds out of place. I guess it’s the roadside bar on Weingarten’s travelogue.

Weingarten’s compositions are so beautifully arranged it’s easy to forget that his guitar is the center of the album, sometimes a gentle, acoustic ramble; other times a celestial siren or a wild electric slide. A lot of musicians make albums inspired by nature, cross-country journeys and celestial reflections. Most of them are insipid. Carl Weingarten’s Life Under Stars is sublime. It’s a defining album for this underrated musician.

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Alien Guitars

May 8, 2014

Richard Leo Johnson Returns with a Trip Even Further Out on the Limb

W203Richard Leo Johnson first came to our intention in 1999 when he released a pair of albums on Blue Note Records. He was a ferocious finger-style guitarist, taking the techniques developed by Michael Hedges and pushing them further. Then he went off into a much more rustic direction, playing old acoustic guitars and adopting character like Charlie Shoe and Vernon McAlister. He created stories around these men and inhabited them on albums like  Who Knew Charlie Shoe and The Legend of Vernon McAlister. In the process, Johnson created a wholly original music that was as dusty as a hobo camp and as avant-garde as a Frank Gehry building.

ALien-GuitarNow Johnson has returned with a new CD called Celeste that tells the tale of Vernon McAlister’s alien abduction. He plays the music on a Martin custom “alien” guitar that includes a theremin. If you know the properties and playing techniques of a theremin, I don’t see how this can work, but you can hear it tonight on Echoes.  Here he is whipping it out four years ago on 12-string.
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BleedsWe’ll also hear new music from Erik Scott, the erstwhile bassist with artists like Alice Cooper and Flo & Eddie and co-founder of the alt-rock group Sonia Dada. He’s released his second solo album, ….And the Earth Bleeds featuring his beautiful, melodic bass playing. You can hear it on Echoes tonight.

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From Oblivion to Euphoria in Echoes Top 25

January 28, 2014

Two Takes on Modern Guitar Lead Echoes Top 25 for January.

Oblivion-cvrYou couldn’t get much different than the two guitar sounds at one & two in the Echoes Top 25.  You’ve got the ambient guitar orchestrations of Hammock’s Oblivion Hymns, the Echoes CD of the Month for January followed at number 2 by E4 (Instrumental)  the Americana Electronica album from Euphoria.  Those musicians are both longtime inhabitants of this list, but some newcomers include the dream pop band, Elika,  English singer-songwriter, Fink, Seattle psychedelic folkie Damien Jurado, Swedish singer and cellist Linnea Olsson and Brazilian singer and cellist Dom La Nena. See the complete listing here.

ECHOES TOP 25 for JANUARY 2013

  1. HammockOblivion Hymns (Hammock Music) iTunes
  2. EuphoriaE4 (Instrumental) (Euphoria) iTunes
  3. Tonight SkyTonight Sky (Tonight Sky) iTunes
  4. Juliette CommagereHuman (Aeronaut Records) iTunes
  5. ElikaAlways the Light (Saint Marie) iTunes
  6. FinkFink Meets the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Ninja Tune) iTunes
  7. Bombay Dub OrchestraTales from the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees) iTunes
  8. Damien JuradoBrothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (Secretly Canadian) iTunes
  9. DarksidePsychic (Matador Records) iTunes
  10. David Helpling & Jon JenkinsFound (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  11. Fresh Handmade Collective – Fresh Handmade Sound: A Hard Day’s Night Treatment (v/a) (Lush)
  12. London GrammarIf You Wait (Metal & Dust) iTunes
  13. MobyInnocents (Mute) iTunes
  14. Jeff Johnson Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin Winterfold (Ark Records) iTunes
  15. Linnea OlssonAh! (Universal UK)
  16. Mary Fahl Love & Gravity (Mary Fahl) iTUnes
  17. Bryan CarriganBelow Zero (Peonies Music) iTUnes
  18. zer0 0nes0nar (Waveform) iTUnes
  19. Desert DwellersNight Visions: Desert Dwellers Selected Remixes (Black Swan Sounds) iTUnes
  20. Eamonn KarranDistant Sun (Real Music) iTUnes
  21. All India RadioFall Remixes (All India Radio) iTUnes
  22. Shearwater Fellow Travelers (Sub Pop) iTUnes
  23. Adam HurstNightfall (Adam Hurst) iTUnes
  24. Matteo PalmerOut of Nothing (Matteo Palmer) iTUnes
  25. Dom La Nena Golondrina (Six Degrees) iTUnes

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Duets for Extended Chapman Stick & Guitar with Tom Griesbraber & Bert Lams on Echoes

January 22, 2014
Tom Griesgraber & Ber Lams in Echoes Living Room

Tom Griesgraber & Ber Lams in Echoes Living Room

Bert Lams & Tom Griesgraber play Live tonight on Echoes.

Bert Lams &Tom Griesgraber are both post-progressive rock veterans.  Bert Lams is the best known as part of the California Guitar Trio. Tom Griesgraber is lesser known with one previous album out, but he’s been creating progressive music for Chapman Stick for many years now.  The two got together to create an album of duets that turned into a conceptual CD called Unnamed Landsunnamed It’s an imaginary trip to the American west in Conestoga wagons.  Their wagon train pulled into the Echoes living Room this year and they played a beautiful set for us live.  Hear it tonight on Echoes.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

Oblivion-cvrJoin the Echoes CD of the Month Club.  Hammock’s Oblivion Hymns is our January   CD of the Month.  You’ll get great CDs and help support Echoes at the same time.   You can do it all right here.

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Echoes Top 25 for December 2013

December 27, 2013

FoundHere’s the last Top 25 list for 2013.  And like our 25 Essential Echoes CDs and The Best of Echoes Listener Poll, it reveals just what a great year 2013 was.  There are seven Echoes CD of the Month picks on it including December’s selection, David Helpling & Jon Jenkins’ Found.  That’s unusual, but that’s because of the Best of show and the 12 CDs of the Month for 2013 show.  WinterfoldBut there’s a couple of CDs there that easily could’ve been CDs of the month, notably, Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunnings & Wendy Goodwin’s Winterfold, a wonderful album of atmospheric winter pastorals, Bombay Dub Orchestra’s Tales from the Grand Bazaar, a CD that get’s into a serene, ambient chamber music sound but with eastern edges and subtle dub grooves, and lamentationAzam Ali & Loga Ramin Torkian’s Lamentation of Swans, a deep dive into Persian atmospheres with a lush merging of extoci strings, throbbing percussion and synthesizer atmosphere’s all topped by the sensual wordless vocals of Azam Ali.  And next Month’s CD of teh Month is here as well, Hammock’s Oblivion Hymns. Here‘s the list.

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR DECEMBER 2013

  1. David Helpling & Jon JenkinsFound (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  2. MobyInnocents (Mute) iTunes
  3. Jeff Johnson Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin Winterfold (Ark Records) iTunes
  4. Olivier LibauxUncovered Queens of the Stone Age (Music for Music Lovers) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  5. Tonight SkyTonight Sky (Tonight Sky)
  6. Moya BrennanAn Irish Christmas (BFO Records)
  7. Ólafur ArnaldsFor Now I Am Winter (Mercury Classics) iTunes
  8. Tom Griesgraber and Bert LamsUnnamed Lands (Inner Knot) iTunes
  9. Divine MatrixHydrosphere (AD Music) iTunes
  10. Akara – The World Beyond (Merkaba Music) iTunes
  11. EuphoriaE4 (Instrumental) (Euphoria) iTunes
  12. HammockOblivion Hymns (Hammock Music) iTunes
  13. Bombay Dub OrchestraTales from the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees) iTunes
  14. Ulrich SchnaussA Long Way to Fall (Ulrich Schnauss) iTunes
  15. Brad HoytFar Away from Every Day (Harp Guitar Music)
  16. Juliette CommagereHuman (Aeronaut Records) iTunes
  17. Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse (Ponderosa Music & Art) iTunes
  18. Azam Ali and Loga R TorkianLamentation of Swans (Terrestrial Lane Productions) iTunes
  19. Mary Fahl Love & Gravity (Mary Fahl) iTUnes
  20. EklipseElectric Air (The End) iTunes
  21. Frankie RoseHerein Wild (Fat Possum Records) iTunes
  22. Lotte KestnerThe Bluebird of Happiness (Saint Marie) iTunes
  23. The Piano GuysA Family Christmas (Portrait) iTunes
  24. Courtney BarnettA Sea of Split Peas (House Anxiety) iTunes
  25. GrailsBlack Tar Prophecies Vols 4-6 (Temporary Residence) iTunes

See 25 Essential Echoes CDs and The Best of Echoes Listener Poll

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FoundJoin the Echoes CD of the Month Club now and you can put David Helping and Jon Jenkins’ Found under somebodies Christmas tree.  It’s our December  CD of the Month.  You’ll get great CDs and help support Echoes at the same time.   You can do it all right here.

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Duets for Extended Chapman Stick & Guitar with Tom Griesbraber & Bert Lams on Echoes

December 26, 2013
Tom Griesgraber & Ber Lams in Echoes Living Room

Tom Griesgraber & Ber Lams in Echoes Living Room

Bert Lams & Tom Griesgraber play Live tonight on Echoes.

Bert Lams &Tom Griesgraber are both post-progressive rock veterans.  Bert Lams is the best known as part of the California Guitar Trio. Tom Griesgraber is lesser known with one previous album out, but he’s been creating progressive music for Chapman Stick for many years now.  The two got together to create an album of duets that turned into a conceptual CD called Unnamed Landsunnamed It’s an imaginary trip to the American west in Conestoga wagons.  Their wagon train pulled into the Echoes living Room this year and they played a beautiful set for us live.  Hear it tonight on Echoes.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

GIVE THE GIFT OF THE ECHOES CD OF THE MONTH CLUB

FoundJoin the Echoes CD of the Month Club now and you can put David Helping and Jon Jenkins’ Found under somebodies Christmas tree.  It’s our December  CD of the Month.  You’ll get great CDs and help support Echoes at the same time.   You can do it all right here.

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GIVE THEM THE GIFT OF TRANSMISSIONS:
THE ECHOES LIVING ROOM CONCERTS VOLUME 19

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Tom Griesgraber & Bert Lams Happy Trails Echoes Podcast

November 30, 2013

unnamedBert Lams & Tom Griesgraber talk about their concept album, Unnamed Lands in the Echoes Podcast.

Bert Lams &Tom Griesgraber are both post-progressive rock veterans.  Bert Lams is the best known as part of the California Guitar Trio. Tom Griesgraber is lesser known with one previous album out, but he’s been creating progressive music for Chapman Stick for many years now.  The two got together to create an album of duets that turned into a conceptual CD called Unnamed Lands.  It’s an imaginary trip to the American west in Conestoga wagons.  I hit the trail with Bert Lams and Tom Griesgraber in the Echoes Podcast.

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ECHOES CD OF THE MONTH CLUB SPECIAL

InnocentsNew members of the Echoes CD of the Month Club will get Moby’s Innocents album, our November CD of the Month and a BONUS CD of Bombay Dub Orchestra’s Tales from the Grand Bazaar.  You’ll get great CDs and help support Echoes at the same time.  You’ll also get the new Echoes CD, Transmissions: The Echoes Living Room Concerts V19, You can do it all right here. You
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Westward Ho! with Tom Griesgraber & Bert Lams

November 19, 2013

unnamedBert Lams & Tom Griesgraber talk about their concept album, Unnamed Lands tonight on Echoes.

Bert Lams &Tom Griesgraber are both post-progressive rock veterans.  Bert Lams is the best known as part of the California Guitar Trio. Tom Griesgraber is lesser known with one previous album out, but he’s been creating progressive music for Chapman Stick for many years now.  The two got together to create an album of duets that turned into a conceptual CD called Unnamed Lands.  It’s an imaginary trip to the American west in Conestoga wagons.  I hit the trail with Bert Lams and Tom Griesgraber.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

Oblivion-cvrJoin the Echoes CD of the Month Club.  Hammock’s Oblivion Hymns is our January   CD of the Month.  You’ll get great CDs and help support Echoes at the same time.   You can do it all right here.

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American Landscapes: An Echoes July 4th Soundscape

July 4, 2013

https://i1.wp.com/nice-cool-pics.com/data/media/28/july_4th_fireworks_and_american_flag.jpgIt’s a different kind of Americana with American Landscapes as we celebrate the 4th of July with songs inspired by the vistas of the United States, from Maine to Hawaii. We’ll create fireworks for your ears as well as your eyes with Ambient Americana from Steve Roach and Sumner McKane, environmental sounds from Paul Winter and Stephen DeRuby and the “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” like you haven’t heard them before.
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3 Variations of a New Americana: Moby-Bill Frisell-Jon Hassell

December 17, 2009

Americana Pulls Up Its Roots

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Americana is a genre that usually refers to rustic music with roots in heartland sounds from folk, blues and country. Looking back on 2009, Americana emerged in some unusual locations on Echoes, including jazz, the avant-garde and electronica.  My top three albums for 2009 (see Top Ten List) are very different, but all are dipping into a new stream of 21st century Americana.

At the top, Moby‘s Wait for Me, an album of modern hymns, mournful laments and deep blues.  He mixes major key instrumentals that roil in undertows of texture with songs that ask the big questions in a personal way.  On his album Play, Moby came to renown sampling archival gospel and blues field recordings.  On Wait for Me, he’s absorbed that sound into his own, wholly original music.

Disfarmer Bill Frisell has been infusing his jazz improvisations with country twang  and modalities since his 1997 album, Nashville.  His 2009 album, Disfarmer was named for a rustic photographer in the early 20th century.   On Bill Frisell’s evocation of Disfarmer, you can feel the humidity and smell the Delta soil of Arkansas where the title character lived. Playing his Fender Telecaster and mixing pedal steel guitar with chamber strings, Bill Frisell made a masterpiece of Americana Chamber music.

Jon Hassell is the least obvious in his Americana influences, but the maverick trumpeter is tapping a vein of music that draws on swamp blues and jazz, transmuting it through 21st century electronic manipulation on his album, Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes in the Street, an album title that challenged many a critic’s word count.  In the 1980s Hassell created a genre called Fourth World Music but in the oughts, he’s mixing laptops, layered compositions and live sound processing.  It’s a cyber-merging of Hassell’s heroes like Duke Ellington and Gil Evans, along with Arvo Pärt, tuning in signals from space.

In 2009, Jon Hassell, Bill Frisell and Moby, took Americana and propelled it into the 21st century.  They borrow from roots traditions, but they’re making the music of our time.  This has been an Echo Location, Soundings for New Music.
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