Oboe and English horn lead the lush Avalon Strings through Summertime, Love is Here to Stay, Someone to Watch Over Me and ten more Gershwin classics. Instrumentation includes English horn, oboe & strings.
Music for the faerie kingdom. Collected from a twelve tribe planet. Here in Avalon, we are celebrating the dawning of the new age with this specially prepared CD compilation of music that we have discovered. The music somehow describes the world's growing cultural awareness that is emerging in the environs of the legendary Glastonbury Tor - Mount Zion - the Grail Castle. The music is a fusion of both indigenous and planetary styles and sympathetic use of modern harmonic technology, which has been gifted to humanity's musical community for this very purpose…
Older jazz fans may remember Larry Coryell from the 1970s as a major jazz fusion guitarist, but this 2001 session with Cedar Walton, Buster Williams, and Billy Drummond finds him long since settled into a post-bop mode. One gets the feeling that the musicians were so comfortable playing together that they were actually a working quartet; the feeling of each track is of first-take freshness while being as close to perfection as possible.
The Minstrel's Ghost is the 2012 sensation, a fabulous musical creation that has all the hallmarks of a classic prog album, where old school symphonics meet the new pristine university. American multi-instrumentalist Blake Carpenter has smartly surrounded himself with some seriously gifted players most notably Hungarian Zoltan Csorsz (still the best Flower Kings drummer ever), who positively explodes here, as well as gifted guitarist Colin Tench (of the thrilling Corvus Stone, Colin Tench Project and Bunchakeze). Others include Marco Chiappini of Gandalf's Project (a close relative in this semi-medieval-pop-prog genre) who shines on devastating organ and assorted ivories. .Bassist Troy James Martin holds it all down with muscular proficiency .And of course main man and master musician Blake Carpenter, who has really carved himself a name for himself with this magnificent opus!
Flesh + Blood suggested that Roxy Music were at the end of the line, but they regrouped and recorded the lovely Avalon, one of their finest albums. Certainly, the lush, elegant soundscapes of Avalon are far removed from the edgy avant-pop of their early records, yet it represents another landmark in their career…
"Avalon", released in 1982, was Roxy Music's eighth studio album.
In 1989, the album was ranked #31 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "The 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s". In 2003, the album was ranked number 307 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. "Avalon" is the highest entry of four Roxy Music albums that made the list ("Siren", "For Your Pleasure" and "Country Life" being the others).