E. Kelleher | Walnut Creek, CA, USA | 03/20/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This disk, in the tradition of the Windham Hill samplers, provides an overview of Light Jazz/New Age music from a variety of international artists.I was introduced, oddly enough, to the work of Carlos Santana through this disc as well as Hiroshima and Branford Marsalis.There are several very nice tracks on the album, if you like pretty, folky, jazzy-classical music. Many of the tunes have an ethereal quality to them, that create a particular mood.Marsalis' rendition of Satie's "Gymnopedie No. 3" in particular, is hauntingly lovely and Brian Slawson's "Drums By Chants" is an eerie multi-layered tune that warrants more than one spin.Overall, I'd recommend this disc as exactly what it is: a sampler, an introduction, a jumping point to further purchase of albums by particular artists who strike the listener's fancy.Otherwise, the variety in the type of tracks chosen is rather lacking -- unless you're looking for a nice mellow and relaxing series of melodies that don't deviate too far from the "quiet" voice."