Touch the Sky

Touch the Sky

by Max Highstein
     
 
Featuring the hit single "Full Circle," Touch the Sky is the latest step in Max Highstein's melodic journey. Throughout the album, he augments his stately piano lines with wind instruments, cello, bass, and percussion. Keeping the focus firmly on these instruments -- and diminishing the role of the synthesizer -- keeps Highstein's pleasing, often joyous,

Overview

Featuring the hit single "Full Circle," Touch the Sky is the latest step in Max Highstein's melodic journey. Throughout the album, he augments his stately piano lines with wind instruments, cello, bass, and percussion. Keeping the focus firmly on these instruments -- and diminishing the role of the synthesizer -- keeps Highstein's pleasing, often joyous, passages rooted in the accessibility of pop and contemporary instrumental music, instead of the new age tendency toward elaborate, often top-heavy mood pieces. This isn't to say Highstein's work can't provide listeners with the tranquil moments as the best new age does. While songs like "Wedding Song" or "Burst of Love" suggest '60s pop, the percussion never dominates, and winds and reed man Jon Clarke's always deft touch keeps things decidedly light throughout. Touch the Sky isn't music for meditation, but it's more relaxing than a three-hour neck rub.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/1994
Label:
Serenity Records
UPC:
0044457001029
catalogNumber:
10

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Max Highstein   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano
Shardad Rohani   Conductor
Sid Page   Violin
Bob Bowman   Bass
Scott Breadman   Percussion
Jon Clarke   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Mary Gale   Clarinet
Jerry Kalaf   Percussion,Drums
John Magnussen   Percussion
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Tom Rizzo   Guitar
Carl Sealove   Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Ed Willett   Cello
Larry Hall   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Piccolo,Piccolo Trumpet

Technical Credits

Max Highstein   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Shardad Rohani   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jim Moeller   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Carol Royce-Wilder   Cover Design
Scott Fraser   Engineer

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