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So Near, So Far

by Air Craft

Described as "a band with impeccable chops and gorgeous compositions" (John Diliberto, Echoes) Air Craft blends elements of contemporary instrumental, jazz fusion, and new age music to create a powerful and unique sound, cinematic and rich in texture.
Genre: New Age: Progressive Alternative
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1. Opening (First Step: Vision)
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2. Pentacle
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3. Wilderland
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4. Spirit of the Waterfall
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5. So Near, So Far
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6. Thingamajig
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7. Valley of the Lord
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8. The Healer
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Re-mastered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the vinyl release of 'So Near, So Far" on Catero/Fantasy Records, this new CD features a bonus track, "The Healer" that was not on the original LP. The core of the Air Craft sound is the meeting of pianist/synthesist Doug McKeehan's compositions with the orchestral string textures of violinist T. Bruce Bowers to create large, lush tone poems that draw from jazz, classical, and rock influences, a music that is hard to categorize and quite unique. Stylistically diverse, there is a flow to the music's order that suggests a journey, a searching journey of self discovery alluded to by the title "So Near, So Far". The compositions are complex, yet melodic and accessible, and show off a level of virtuosity at each instrument rarely found in typical "New Age" music.

Air Craft was the last band signed to legendary recording engineer Fred Catero's eponymously named label. Fred, best known for his work recording such artists as Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, and classical sessions for Columbia Records, founded his label with the motto "if its commercial, it's probably on the radio. If it's good, It's on Catero." This optimistic philosophy led to a number of wonderful and artistic records, but an unscrupulous distributor forced Fred out of the record business and back into the studio. "So Near, So Far" was left orphaned and never received the attention it deserved.

Air Craft Personnel:

Doug McKeehan (piano/synthesizer) began playing at a young age, was in his first band at 14, and continued with classical training at Oberlin College and Kent State University. Over the course of three extended trips to India he studied with notable Indian music teachers Pandits Ram Narayan and A.G. Bhattacharya. He's a long standing member of the award winning world fusion group "Ancient Future" and has found a niche in the 'world music' genre producing albums for the noted Pakistani singer Shafqat Ali Khan and Chinese gu zheng virutos Zhao Hui. He lives in Oakland, CA where he continues to play all kinds of music, from jazz to r&b, rock, and classical.

T. Bruce Bowers (violin) Born in San Antonio Texas, he has been playing violin professionally since high school. He's written over 20 film and television scores including Emmy nominated "Beneath the North Atlantic". He's performed with well-known musicians in many different styles, including Queen Ida, Taj Mahal, the Dixie Dregs, and Ronnie Cox. Also an electronics design engineer, he developed the world's first computer controlled audio effects system, the ProFX, a system that allows him to create surprisingly large orchestral sounds with his solo violin. He currently lives in Washburn, Wisconsin.

Jack Dorsey (drums) A native New Yorker transplanted to northern California, he's worked with musicians across a wide spectrum from jazz/blues singers Jimmy Witherspoon and Etta Jones to the R&B of Randy Crawford, Bobby Freeman, and Buddy Miles, to jazz from John Handy and Hohnny Griffen to Paul Horn. He's also recorded numerous television and motion picture sound tracks.

Myron Dove (bass) - Has performed and recorded with many well known artists including Santana, Stevie Winwood, Al Jarreau, and Robben Ford. In addition to his live and session bass work, he is also in demand as a studio engineer and producer. He currently lives in Fremont, California.

Quotes from the critics:

"Sometimes you forget just how good music was back in 1985, so good that albums like 'So Near, So Far" somehow got overlooked. But the reissue of this recording reveals a band with impeccable chops and gorgeous compositions, especially the title track, which was later covered by Ancient Future, and "Opening (First Step - Vision.)" The meeting of Doug McKeehan's rich keyboard textures and T. Bruce Bowers violin takes me back to days that pointed to the future."
John Dilberto, Host of 'Echoes"

"Listening to "So Near, So Far" is like unearthing a buried treasure. Recorded some 30 years ago and recently re-released, the album is a veritable time capsule of highly detailed compositions and virtuoso performances that blend elements of contemporary instrumental, jazz fusion, and new age music. Far from sounding dated, the album holds up well, with no hint that it was not just recorded recently. The music is adventurous, often exhilarating, and as compelling today as it was when it was first released."
Michael Diamond, "Music and Media"

"Sparkling and tuneful - a refreshing look back at a more freewheeling era in music. I especially appreciated the rhythmic vitality of pieces that use odd time signatures without relying on drums. I missed Air Craft the first time around, and I'm glad I've discovered them now."
Jim Aikin, former Senior Editor, "Keyboard Magazine"



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