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With Evening Above

by Jeff Pearce

short melodic pieces mixed with deep space drifts- the first ambient guitar project from Jeff since 2002.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. With Evening Above
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2. The Same Stars
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3. A Clear Night
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4. After Dark
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5. Ghosts of Summers Past
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6. Cloudfall
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7. A Closed Circle (Farewell)
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8. No Matter How Far
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
For over 21 years, award-winning composer Jeff Pearce has been well known to the ambient/new age music community for his unique approach to the electric guitar. He has been called "one of the top two electronic guitarists of all time" by AllMusic, while reviewer John Diliberto wrote in Billboard magazine that Pearce is "one of the best" guitarists to follow the solo electric guitarist concept. Whether playing intimate acoustic-based music or crafting deep-space ambient guitar drifts, Jeff composes music with equal parts melody and mystery. His most recent project, "With Evening Above", features his signature sounds on songs that range from the jewel-like structures of "Ghosts of Summers Past" to the long-form meditation of the album closer "No Matter How Far".

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
As mentioned in the liner notes: “all sounds on this recording are from the electric guitar.” Its good that listeners are informed about this so as not to mistake some of the sounds for synthesizers or other instruments, and miss the distinctiveness of Jeff’s fretboard wizardry. From the opening notes, one of the first (of many) things to impress me was the exquisite tone of Jeff’s electric guitar. His slowly arpeggiated notes twinkle with crystalline chime like the stars themselves, followed by waves of echoed reflections that melt into a lush drifting soundscape. It certainly makes for a fitting and dream-like intro to the album. Unlike the title track, which had obvious guitar-like qualities, the next song is one of those I mentioned that could easily be mistaken for synthesizers. There are no individual plucked or strummed notes, like you would normally hear on a guitar, but there are instead, lavish layers of long sustained chords that create an almost orchestral ambience. Incidentally, Jeff did not use guitar-synths on the recording either – just electric guitar with a variety of electronic effects.


“A Closed Circle (Farewell)” was one of my favorites and seemed to evoke an enigmatic emotional resonance in me that was moving. But talk about ending on a high note, Jeff brings the recording to a close with an almost 22 minute magnum opus entitled “No Matter How Far.” The inconceivable vastness of the distance between stars is evoked in this epic celestial symphony as waves of ethereal ambience travel seeming light years in the course of its unfolding. Again, the fact that it was all done on guitar is almost incomprehensible.


There can be little doubt that Jeff Pearce is one of the undisputed masters of ambient guitar. The range of tones and textures that he is able to coax out of his six strings and electronic circuitry is a tribute to his uniqueness among guitarists. There are very few that I am aware of with the creativity, skills, and vision to traverse this rarified sonic terrain. While I thoroughly enjoyed his previous piano-centered album and appreciated his openness to expanding his sound and artistic profile, it is a pleasure to hear Jeff Pearce returning to his guitar roots, and keeping both feet planted firmly in the clouds.

To read a full-length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Richard Gurtler

Another brightly shinning jewel!!!
Phenomenal ambient guitar soundscaper Jeff Pearce makes impressive comeback to his more ambient-driven landscapes with self-released album "With Evening Above" CD. Out since June 2014 as his 12th solo album, Jeff's most recent compositions bring back unforgettable memories of wonderful recordings such as "Bleed" (2002) or "Summer Solstice" (2003). Sure, previous albums "Lingering Light", "Rainshadow Sky" and "In The Season Of Fading Light" belong to the pedestal of filigree intimate guitar and piano bravura, but many core fans were eagerly waiting for the reappearance of his spaciously drifting atmospheric era. "With Evening Above" showcases Jeff Pearce at the very top of his blooming guitar wizardry, when hauntingly soothing guitar melodies are carefully counterpointed and alternated with graciously expansive driftscapes!!!

The title track "With Evening Above" opens the album with its warmly embracing fragile stringed magic safely holding the signature that is only Jeff Pearce. Gorgeously evocative and intimate!!! As much refreshing as a gentle nocturnal breeze and as much captivating as a nightly scene with a full moon, sheer aural magic!!! Actually, this song was originally released on "Summer Solstice" CDr in 2003, now it has been re-recorded for this album. "The Same Stars" immediately shifts into grandiosely meandering expanses, soothingly infinite and stunningly graceful. My ears are constantly bathed in ultimate atmospheric elixir sculpted by undeniable wizardry of its sole protagonist. Kudos, Maestro!!! There is a nice story behind the title of this composition, which was inspired by Jeff's younger daughter, Fiona. The next composition, "A Clear Night", quickly returns to gently shimmering crystalline string melodies, dreamy and relaxing!!! Longer "After Dark", clocking to nearly 8 minutes, follows the path of "The Same Stars" and drifts into heartwarming, but slightly enigmatic celestial spheres, filled with continuously rising and falling harmonic, choir-like currents. Exquisite drone reverberations are guarding above and tickling the ears with mindscaping helical coils. Another pinnacle!!! "Ghost Of Summers Past" gets over two and half minutes and dusts off with its tenderly pristine strings long forgotten memories. Immensely reflective!!! "Cloudfall" glides right away into unbounded sky-high realms of unmeasurable grace and magnificence. Welcome to another masterfully drifting panoramic paradise!!! Shorter "A Closed Circle (Farewell)" instantly attracts with its emotionally driven stringed subtlety. Nearly 22 minutes long "No Matter How Far" closes this album with soothingly embracing soundscape, floating and ebbing into gorgeously immersing and euphonious fields, reinforced occasionally by slowly emerging distant pulsations. Cyclical harmoniousness of this composition is enchantingly warm and utterly evocative, audibly absolute brilliance is again accomplished!!! It's still unbelievable that all this beauty is created by electric guitar and additional processing. A pure masterpiece and an epic conclusion too!!! The title of this composition, although "rather" updated..., was directly inspired by Jeff's older daughter Thalia. And with this composition also unforgettable memories of one of my all time fave recordings, "The River Of Appearance", inconspicuously awake...

Credited on this album are also Robert Rich for mastering and Rainer Gembalczyk for graphic design. How to wrap this review up? I am almost wordless after the final track, because Jeff Pearce, in West Point, Indiana, based sonic healer, did it again!!! Yes, "With Evening Above", a 54-minute album, is fully loaded with his gifted guitar virtuosity and it's another brightly shinning jewel in his treasured discography. Obviously one of the highlights of 2014!!! Bravissimo, Jeff!!!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 28, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
"With Evening Above" is Jeff Pearce's first ambient guitar album since 2008's "Rainshadow Sky", having released a beautiful piano album in 2012 titled "In the Season of Fading Light". Although Pearce has released a string of remarkable recordings since the mid-1990's, two of them in particular - "To the Shores of Heaven" (2000) and "Bleed" (2002) - have long stood-out as my personal favorites. "With Evening Above" is highly reminiscent of those two albums in both musical style and atmosphere, having fused the strongest elements of each while at the same time presenting a fresh and innovate sound.

"With Evening Above" is a landmark ambient/space recording composed entirely of processed and layered electric guitars that are warm, enveloping and in many parts could easily be mistaken for synthesizers. Essentially, it is electronic music that also feels organic, evoking images and sensations of being outside in open spaces under clear, starlit skies. There's also an underlying yet ever-present emotionally-stirring quality about the music that subtly tugs at the heart as it transports the mind.

The album opens with the title track, "With Evening Above", a warm, melodic piece conveyed by Pearce's signature guitar-scapes which gently cascade about and engulf the listening space. About half of the album's tracks are imbued with more melodic structure such as this one, and gently alternate with more expansive atmospheric pieces, as exemplified on the closing track "No Matter How Far", a drifting long-form piece over twenty minutes long that is sure to send the listener into dreamland. At its darkest, the music is still tender and elegant - at its brightest, still melancholy and mysterious.

One particular highlight is the track "After Dark", a deeply hypnotic and nocturnal-sounding piece that feels beautifully esoteric, making it my personal favorite. This one should definitely be listened to on headphones in order to experience its full immersion, as there is a whole lot going on beneath the surface of this track that might not be immediately evident with casual listens.

In a way, "With Evening Above" seems to have come out of nowhere, proving itself to be a stunning return to form and quite possibly Pearce's most impressive album to date. Timeless, ageless, and destined to become a classic, all eight tracks are magnificent from beginning to end, making it one of the absolute best recordings to bless my senses in a very long time. This one is a definite must-have!
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