Reflections on a Decade

Reflections on a Decade

by Checkfield
     
 

This is a compilation of Checkfield's music from 1986 to 1990; hardly a decade, though it is a body of work well worth reflecting on. Once the band had developed their sound -- a pleasant amalgam of new age, jazz, folk, and Latin music -- they stuck with that course, which makes Reflections on a Decade a consistent journey despite…  See more details below

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This is a compilation of Checkfield's music from 1986 to 1990; hardly a decade, though it is a body of work well worth reflecting on. Once the band had developed their sound -- a pleasant amalgam of new age, jazz, folk, and Latin music -- they stuck with that course, which makes Reflections on a Decade a consistent journey despite skipping between selections from their original releases interspersed with some unreleased and new material. It's the newly recorded songs ("With This Heart," "GreySky,") that occasioned the reflection back, and fans will be happy to note that little has changed. While new age music is a uniquely '80s phenomenon, Checkfield's music is built on the foundation of '70s pop/folk artists like David Crosby, James Taylor, etc. At the heart of many of these tracks are acoustic guitars and wisps of vocal harmonies, brought into the modern world with smooth jazz sounds (often reminiscent of Pat Metheny) and synthesizers. The songs presented here are very engaging, as light as childhood memories but tinged with a bittersweet air. Their mix of sounds runs fairly consistent from track to track: acoustic guitars, synthesizers, piano, flute, percussion, and strings are the colors from which they paint. If their songs tend to sound alike (and they do), it's the product of a consistent musical vision rather than a lack of ideas (they seem to have an endless well of pretty melodies at their disposal). Checkfield is capable of more weighty fare, as "The Good Brown Earth" and "Flowers" show, but if you can write lovely songs like "Carousel (A Day in the Park)" and "First Flight," why not? Since the band's original discs are now out of print, Reflections on a Decade is the best way to see what you've been missing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/1997
Label:
Gallery (Esi)
UPC:
0613435100421
catalogNumber:
1004

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Checkfield   Primary Artist
Darol Anger   Violin
Pat Kelley   Electric Guitar
Steve Kujala   Flute
Peter Sprague   Guitar
John Archer   Guitar,Keyboards
John Leftwich   Bass
Bob Magnusson   Acoustic Bass
Duncan Moore   Drums
Jim Plank   Drums
John Rekevics   Flute,Saxophone
Ron Satterfield   Guitar,Keyboards
Robin Adler   Vocals
Lori Bell   Flute
Mike Spiro   Percussion
John Stubbs   Strings
Karla Holland-Moritz   Strings
Christopher Vitas   Violin
Sid Green   Oboe
Mary Karo   Strings

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
John Archer   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Gary Lee Chappell   Executive Producer
Ron Satterfield   Arranger,Programming
Rick Jeffery   Executive Producer
Nick Grant   Contributor
Rob Roy   Liner Notes

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