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Taproot
     

Taproot

by Michael Hedges
 

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On this his fifth Windham Hill release, Michael Hedges relates characters from his self-described autobiographical myth with song. The mostly instrumental collection reveals no story elements as the guitarist uses his compositional skills to illustrate characters representative of his friends and loved ones. The music is touching in its purity and conveyance of honor

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On this his fifth Windham Hill release, Michael Hedges relates characters from his self-described autobiographical myth with song. The mostly instrumental collection reveals no story elements as the guitarist uses his compositional skills to illustrate characters representative of his friends and loved ones. The music is touching in its purity and conveyance of honor and affection. A virtuoso guitarist, Hedges also incorporates tasteful synth patches, as well as a few percussion and wind instruments -- presumably performed by the composer himself as no other musicians are credited. Fans of experimental guitar will enjoy the guitarist's generous use of the Steinberg Trans-trem on tracks like "Nomad Land" and the unique exercise in acoustic tapping on "The Rootwitch." More than just a new age technician, Hedges also demonstrates his immense melodic talent on brooding numbers like "The Naked Stalk" and "Scenes (On the Road to Shrub 2)." Celtic-influenced marches ("The First Cutting") and groovy almost rock ("Nomad Land") are included as well, providing for a dynamic, yet theatrically consistant listening experience. The closer "I Carry Your Heart" (adapted from the poetry of e.e. cummings) is the only track featuring Hedges' smooth vocals, and perhaps the most poignant song included. With its yearning melodies and expressive yet mature emotional language, Taproot reinforces Hedges' reputation as a gifted, self-realized composer, musician, and human being.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2011
Label:
Valley
UPC:
0618322101628
catalogNumber:
21016
Rank:
48901

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Hedges   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Flute,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Harp Guitar,Guitar (Tremolo)
Michael Manring   Bass
Graham Nash   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
David Crosby   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Bryan Lanser   Cymbals,Bass Drums,Snare Drums
Mike Moore   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Michael Hedges   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Whistle
Stanley Johnston   Engineer
Bryan Lanser   Engineer
E.J. Ulrich   Arranger
Steven Miller   Engineer
Candace Upman   Graphic Design
Carl Studna   Inside Photo
e.e. cummings   Composer

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