August 2022 MBR The Library CD Shelf

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Aug 31, 2022, 10:45:20 AMAug 31
The Library CD Shelf

Putumayo World Music
$14.98 CD with booklet and download card

Afro-Cubano is a vibrant CD anthology of songs with African and Latin rhythms; each track is performed by a different music artist. Upbeat and adventurous, Afro-Cubano is a joy to experience and a welcome contribution to personal and public library world music collections. The CD comes with an booklet spotlighting each individual performer, and an album download card. Highly recommended! The tracks are Bessoka, Dur Di Kutubel, Adios Guajira, Sociedade Parasita, Femme Noire, Paraiso Guajiro, Boracho, Requiem de l'Amour, Santomense, and N'dona Ponte.

Kate Wyatt
Privately Published
$20.00 CAD CD / $10.00 CAD digital

Pianist and composer Kate Wyatt presents her debut jazz album Artifact, with contributions from Lex French on trumpet, Adrian Vedady on bass, and Jim Doxas on drums. Artifact is an adventurous soundscape that sweeps the listener into a breathtaking exploration. The daring, original rhythms set Artifact apart as a choice pick for instrumental album connoisseurs and public library collections. The tracks are Artifact, Short Stories, A Flower is a Lovesome Thing, Lhotse Face, Antepenultimate, Underwater Chant, and Duet.

Golden Hour
Jocelyn Gould
Privately Published
$20.00 CD

Guitarist Jocelyn Gould presents Golden Hour, which features her masterful guitar playing throughout and her voice on three tracks. Additional contributions from Jon Gordon on saxophone, Will Bonness on piano, Rodney Whitaker on bass, and Quincy Davis on drums enrich this sparkling selection of original compositions, including blues, contemporary jazz, and more. Golden Hour is a treasure for guitar music connoisseurs, highly recommended for library collections and also makes an excellent gift. The tracks are Golden Hour, Horizons, Serendipity, Sweet Lorraine, Gemini, Lover Come Back to Me, A Cottage for Sale, Willow Weep for Me, Tides are Turning, and Bright Note.

Paul Adams & Elizabeth Geyer
Privately Published
$15.00 CD / $TBA digital

Sanctuary is a collaborative new age album featuring the talents of Paul Adams and Elizabeth Geyer. Featuring exotic flute play, jazzy piano, and ambient vocals, Sanctuary is a beautiful creation ideal for fostering meditation, introspection, and creativity. Highly recommended! The tracks are Sanctuary, A Forest's Embrace, Through The Tree Tops, An Evening's Caress, Nothing Is Really Lost, Forest Light, Graceful Waters, And Endless Summer's Evening, and By The Waters Edge.

David Franklin
Privately Published
$TBA CD / $14.00 digital

Passings is an instrumental new age album by David Franklin, contemplating the themes of overcoming challenges and persevering through hard times. Guitar, piano, and bass feature prominently in this thoughtful, evocative creation, highly recommended both connoisseurs and for public library collections. The tracks are I'll Never Hear My Father's Stories Again, The Meeting Tree, We All Become Ancestors, Sweet Dreams and Travel Well, Carousel, Laughing in whispers, Changes, Another Perspective, Ghost Tree, When Shadows Were Analog, Perspectives, The Zebra Song, Back in A Different Place, Dancing in Memory, and A Musical Essay (for music-box).

David Helping
Spotted Peccary Music
$16.00 CD, $40.00 vinyl, $10.00 digital

Available in vinyl, CD, and digital formats, IN is a two-disc original ambient music by David Helping, inspired by the greatness nestled within the smallest of spaces. The colors and wonders of nature, and the mysteries of life's beauty, are reflected within flowing soundscape. IN is a treasure for new age connoisseurs, highly recommended especially for meditation or as a listening experience to expand the imagination. The tracks are Waves Dream of Breaking, This Burning Sky, Only What's Been Taken, Here All Along, Still As Stone, The Bliss You've Always Carried, Slipping, The Cold Distance Between, You Already Are, Following the Lines, Bending Towards the Night, In Waves of Fire, and I Too Am Coming Home.

A Southwest Story
Elizabeth Naccarato
Privately Published
$TBA CD / $9.49 MP3

The seventh album by Elizabeth Naccarato, A Southwest Story draws upon the musical heritage of Spain, Native American culture, and the American West. A Southwest Story celebrates the beauty and rich heritage of the American West, in a resonant, unforgettable listening experience. Highly recommended! The tracks are San Luis, Wild Horses, Sacred Land, Mi Hito No!, Fandango, Brown Eyes, Spanish Dance No. 2 by Granados, La Sierra, Shrine of the Stations of the Cross, The Vega, Dusk, Cowboy's Waltz, and Flower Moon.

Deb Rasmussen
Privately Published
$20.00 CAD CD / $9.00 CAD digital

Vocalist Deb Rasmussen performs with the support of Jon Day on piano, Jeremy Coates on bass, and Robin Tufts on drums in Unspoken, an album of original songs with a theme centered upon the aspects of love and relationships that are not always put into words. Poignant and powerful, Unspoken is a work of emotional beauty, and a treasure for connoisseurs of dulcet vocals. Highly recommended. The tracks are Front Porch, You Smile, Just My Little Love Song, It Never Entered My Mind, Unspoken, Swept away, Darn That Dream, I Hear A Rhapsody, Fly Away, In Your Own Sweet Way, Peace Like a River and My Best To You.

Return of the Soul
Sonya Haramis
Peace of the Dreamer
B09M7VDRDR, $15.99, CD

Synopsis: Author and musician Sonya Haramis now has a debut album of New Age music, "Return of the Soul", a serene collection of angelic instrumental music. Distributed through CD Baby and registered with BMI, "Return of the Soul" is comprised of Radiant Pulse (1:53), Dancing Clouds (2:11), Raining Feather (4:36), Celestial Winged (3:13), Celestial Divine (6:25), Celestial Light, (5:24), and the title piece, Return of the Soul (2:54).

Critique: Eloquent, meditative, placid, peaceful, restful, "Return of the Soul" is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, college, and university library Contemporary Ambient CD Music collections.

Editorial Note: Sonya Haramis also has a dedicated website at Her CD can also be obtained from New Leaf Distribution (UPC: 198002426116).


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