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Echoes March Top 25: David Darling Tops

April 3, 2009

David Darling Tops Echoes  Top 25 for March

Prayer For Compassion This year is already shaping up to be a diverse and unusual one with fantastic, innovative music coming from unlikely sources.   David Darling’s Prayer for Compassion topping the list, is of course, no surprise.  He was our Echoes CD of the Month for March and he’s been an Echoes favorite from the beginning.  But also infiltrating the top ten are relative unknowns like the chamber world folk of the Beyman Bros, the chamber rock of Balmorhea, the ambient rock of bassist Erik Scott,  the ambient chamber music of Matthew Shoening and space ambience of Solar Fields.

Other Life Morgan Doctor’s Other Life, already at #3, will top the list in April since she’s our Echoes CD of the Month right now.  At #4, The Beyman Brothers are an odd trio of studio dog and keyboardist CJ Vanston, Drala guitarist and “Midnight at the Oasis” composer David Nichtern and filmmaker Christopher Guest, best know for Spinal Tap, Best of Show and A Mighty Wind.  Look for an Echo Location with them next week and a deeper interview feature April 13 when they talk about a music that isn’t a joke.

Balmorhea leaped to the fore at #6 with their CD All Is Wild, All Is Silent.  We’ve been fans of this group since their debut and they have a live track on our latest CD, Vapor Trails. Now others are finally picking up the thread on their third album.

A lot of acoustic guitarists on the list this month beginning with Forastiere at #2 followed by Antoine Dufour, Stefano Barone and Tony McManus.

Only five truly electric albums this month, but they include my favorite electronic disc this year, Solar FieldsMovements coming in at #9.    Magnus Birgerssonis Solar Fields has created a disc that has the atmosphere of vintage space music, but with a beautiful melodic sensibility and a sound design that’s more modern than retro.

So check out the rest of the March Top 25.  You’ll also find links to reviews, Echo Locations and podcasts of many of the artists and albums as well as the CDs themselves.

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))


Echo Location: David Darling’s Ambient Cello

February 25, 2009

Cellist David Darling, the avatar of ambient chamber music returns with Prayer for Compassion, Echoes March CD of the Month.

You can hear an audio version of this blog with music.

Prayer For Compassion David Darling is the Lord of Largo, the Maestro of Melancholy. Classically trained and jazz converted, he played cello with the Paul Winter Consort in the 1970s including the landmark Icarus album. Since then, He’s released several albums on the ECM, Narada, and the Hearts of Space labels and in the process, has become a leading exponent of ambient chamber music. His new album, Prayer for Compassion, continues his mastery of melancholy.

It’s a soulful, heartrending sound that Darling gets from his cello and it has attracted people like film director Wim Wenders to his music. ECM svengali Manfred Eicher fell in love with his sound and invited Darling to record his debut CD on the label, Journal October.
Journal October

David Darling: So I get to Stuttgart, Germany and he says okay, do anything you want and so I started playing goon-goon-bat-che-goon-gon, set the gon-gon-bah, and he walked out of the studio and said well, “I’m not so interested in that, scheise, you know,” but he said this mantra which has been with me all my life, he said, “I want you to go as deep as you can go.”

Darling has been diving deep for years, although if you see him in concert, he’ll still whip out his improvised blues howls. But it’s in the zone of pensive mood pieces, playing electric and acoustic cello that he has made his mark. His new CD, Prayer for Compassion, is born from Darling’s spiritual faith, his battle with drug and alcohol addiction and his world view. You might think David Darling is a morose, brooding musician, but that’s not the case at all.

David Darling: When it comes right down to playing the cello, my fingers seemingly will not go to major, I like some other modality. But you know I feel extremely exalted and happy in that minor place, to me it’s not sad.

David Darling’s Prayer for Compassion is a bath of textures and deep moods, with Darling’s cello arrangements accompanied by some key guests and environmental recordings from Mickey Houlihan. It’s the Echoes CD of the Month for March and I’ll be featuring it on next Monday’s show.   Watch for a full review in the Echoes Picks page.

If you want to taste some of Prayer for Compassion, you can liten to an audio version of this blog.

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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