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Adrift in Wonder

by Robert Linton

Peaceful, relaxing, meditative instrumental guitar compositions accompanied by Cello, Violin, Flute and English Horn.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Gliding the Current
5:33 album only
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2. Weaving Through the Waves
5:55 album only
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3. Traces of Reflection
7:00 album only
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4. Gentle Descent
7:38 album only
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5. Sifting Through Daydreams
8:56 album only
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6. Casting in the Afterglow
7:06 album only
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7. Murmur of Chimes
5:46 album only
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8. Adrift in Wonder
7:19 album only
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9. Hovering in the Sun Rays
8:00 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Featuring performances by guest artists Sara Milonovich (Violin), Premik Russell Tubbs (Alto Flute, Electronic Wind Flute), Eugene Freisen (Cello), Jill Haley (English Horn).

"Robert's new release has a sense of wonderment and gentleness that is perfectly suited to meditation."
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

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Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky
Your sunny days begin
From this an endless moment

“Adrift in Wonder” is a new long-awaited album of brilliant guitarist Robert Linton. I can admit, I expected this release with a great impatience, and my expectations were fully met.

As usual for Robert, his music is very clear and transparent. The artist knows very well what he wants to express. And he does it perfectly. The great skill of the performer is felt in every note of his meditative compositions.

The album “Adrift in Wonder” is an exciting journey that can be limited only by your own imagination. This release is a perfect example of the music that inspires the listeners to start their creation work and to rejoice an every moment of life on this beautiful planet.

All compositions of the album are full of tranquility but at the same time they have an inner dynamism. There isn’t emptiness in the music of Robert Linton. His compositions are filled with vivid images. You find yourself in a meadow full of various beautiful spring flowers that sway under the blowing wind. And you inhale the fresh air, full of the smallest shades of aromas.

I can add here that the newest release of Robert Linton was co-produced, mixed and mastered by famous Corin Nelsen. Besides, this album includes delightful performances by Sara Milonovich (Violin), Premik Russell Tubbs (Alto Flute, EWI), Eugene Friesen (Cello) and Jill Haley (English Horn).

As for me, I found wonderful hidden message in the amazing music of Robert Linton. You don’t need to sit and wait for the better time. This time is started from today. Just, see the beauty of the outer world and you can easily feel the perfectness of your inner self. And you will realize that better time is only a present moment of your ever changing life…
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R J Lannan - Artisan Music Reviews

Adrift in Wonder
Robert Linton
Adrift In Wonder

It was a perfect spring day. I was working near the Pigeon River here in Tennessee. It was bright and sunny. The clouds decided to entertain themselves elsewhere. There was a slight breeze and the smell of wild roses perfumed the air. What made it truly perfect however, was that I was listening to the music of guitarist Robert Linton. His latest album, Adrift in Wonder is made for that kind of day, or night, or week. The album is nine instrumentals of pastoral, contemporary music featuring an ultra-light ensemble. I liked every track, but I cannot help but favor such uplifting, reverie producing, and expansive music. This is Linton’s fourth album, and frankly, I wish he had more. Joining him on Adrift in Wonder are Jill Haley on English horn, Eugene Friesen on cello, Premik Russell on EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), and Sara Milonovich on violin. With two exception, all the songs are duets. The dialogues created by the pairings are harmonic and rich. The instruments are friends. The lush, verdant music has that Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy vibe to just about every song.
The first cut is called Gliding the Current. If you listen to this long enough you might sprout wings. The music is entirely, and excuse the pun, uplifting in a way where you feel as if your cares are stolen away and you feel weightless of spirit. Horn, guitar, and violin gently swirl in the sunlight. Don’t be afraid to look down.
Cello and guitar harmoniously blend in the tune Traces of Reflection. Like any good conversation, each instrument seems to take a turn and then they both speak and their gentle voices are heard and revered. In this resplendent piece, Robert Linton’s guitar has the last word.
If this is the music you hear when kind breezes blow and downy dandelion parasols fill the air, then play on. Gentle Descent is a melodic downward spiral that never touches the ground. Everything turns slow in this song, including the hands on the clock. Luckily, this is one of the longest cut on the album. One of my favorites on Adrift in Wonder is called Sifting Through Daydreams. Glorious Alto flute and EWI and sumptuous guitar combine on this unhurried, luminous air that seems to bring together the best parts of any day. Memories come floating by and they are easy to latch on to as the music envelops the soul.
Robert is once again join by Eugene Friesen on cello on the title tune, Adrift in Wonder. The music is a journey of discovery. All the what ifs and maybes line up nicely and become accessible when you open your mind to the beauty around you. Linton’s composition invites that first step and makes a promise that you won’t regret it in any way.
Hovering in the Sun Rays is eight minutes of pure escapism. Guitar and violin notes sway and glide on balmy updrafts that sustain them like unseen hands. The music is beyond relaxing. The placid pace and engaging melody push away the negativity in anyone’s bad day.
There is a lot of motion in Robert Linton’s music. Gliding, descending, hovering and adrift. The music is encouraging, suggesting you get out there and explore. I have heeded his advice and I am better for it. This an album that is going on my desert island list. Highly recommended.
- R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews
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Kathy Parsons

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"Adrift in Wonder" is the sixth album from composer/guitarist Robert Linton. Like his previous releases, the quiet simplicity of this music is perfect for meditation, stress-relief, peaceful background music and just about anything else that might be enhanced by the serenity of Linton’s music. Co-produced, mixed and mastered by Corin Nelsen of SynchroSonic Productions, Inc., the impressive list of guest musicians includes Sara Milonovich (violin), Jill Haley (English horn), Premik Russell Tubbs (EWI and alto flute), and Eugene Friesen (cello). Linton composed all nine tracks on the album and plays finger-style nylon-string acoustic guitar throughout. Each track features two or three of the supporting artists. The title implies a dreamy innocence, which is exactly what you get - a bit more than an hour of sublime musical tranquility.

"Adrift in Wonder" opens with "Gliding the Current,” a peaceful trio for guitar, violin and English horn that suggests the feeling of floating effortlessly on a body of water with light dancing on the surface of the ripples as we dream our way to another world. “Weaving Through the Waves” is a blissful duet for guitar and EWI (electronic wind instrument) that makes any cares float away as it elicits a deep sigh. “Traces of Reflection” continues our daydream with a soulful, hypnotic piece for guitar and cello - a favorite! “Gentle Descent” is played with Sara Milonovich and while it is very peaceful, this one also expresses an air of melancholy and, perhaps, regret. I really like this one, too! “Sifting Through Daydreams” is the perfect title for the piece that features Tubbs on both alto flute and EWI. You can almost feel a warm sun and a gentle breeze in the air as you gently drift away on a puffy, magical cloud. “Casting in the Afterglow” leisurely approaches heaven on the quiet, unassuming strains of guitar, cello and English horn. “Murmur of Chimes” reunites Linton and Tubbs (EWI) for a haunting but very soothing duet. The title track comes near the end of the album and is a duet with Eugene Friesen. I don’t think there is a more soothing instrument than the cello and Friesen is a master. Together, the duo creates images of a perfect experience that takes our breath away as it transports us to another level of being (the specifics of that experience are left to the discretion of the dreamer!). “Hovering in the Sun Rays” brings the album to a close with an exquisite piece for guitar and violin. If you haven’t dissolved into a very happy puddle by now, by all means hit the “repeat” or “replay” button - you really need this music!
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Dyan Garris

Adrift in Wonder Review
Album review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD and Zone Music Reporter (ZMR)

Take a deep, deep breath. Completely relax. Daydream. Imagine. There’s a deep, flowing river of grace and sensitivity that lives inside this super relaxing album, “Adrift in Wonder,” the latest release from guitarist Robert Linton.

This is exquisitely meditative without trying to be so. In fact, it’s not trying to “be” anything. It simply IS flowing, peaceful, and supremely tranquil throughout, and some of the most deliciously beautiful music I’ve heard in a long time. Robert is completely one with the guitar here and we are quite easily drawn into the “wonder” without any effort. And willingly we go into 9 tracks and just over 1 hour of sublime peace to the soul.

“Adrift in Wonder” is co-produced, mixed, and mastered by Grammy® Award-winning recording engineer and music producer, Corin Nelsen, and includes guest performances by Grammy® winner, Eugene Friesen (cello), Jill Haley (English horn), Premik Russell Tubbs (Alto flute and EWI/electronic wind instrument), and Sara Milonovich (violin).

Opening the album is “Gliding the Current.” Here we can allow ourselves to get fully lost in the soul-soothing serenity that is created by the richness of Sara Milonovich’s velvety violin and Jill Haley’s luscious English horn dancing ever so gracefully with Robert’s gentle guitar. Melodious and elegant, we are immediately flowing along harmoniously with our stream of life for five halcyon minutes. But there is a special kind of peace in this song – infused into the entire album, in fact – that remains way beyond that brief interlude and carries over into the day. This is true artistry.

The peace continues as we “Weave Through the Waves.” As smooth and silken as satin, the nylon string guitar, which Robert plays in a “finger-style,” interlaces perfectly with the hauntingly beautiful electronic wind instrument (EWI) performance from Premik Russell Tubbs. This is memorable harmony that sinks deep into our psyche.

We are treated to the richness of Eugene Friesen’s expert cello performance on “Traces of Reflection,” (where we have opportunity to reflect upon our journey), as well as on the very beautiful, “Casting in the Afterglow,” and the spectacular title track “Adrift in Wonder.” The cello performances are the perfect complement to Robert’s fluent, effortless guitar, bringing unsurpassed calmness to mind, body, and spirit.

“Casting in the Afterglow” is a favorite, which also brings Jill Haley’s English horn back into the mix. Relaxing and restful.
“Gentle Descent” is notable here as an emotionally stirring piece. Just beautiful. Again, Sara Milonovich’s violin is a flawless match to the lovely guitar. With the perfect balance between musical phrases, it feels very much like this song is quite alive and actually breathing. We could be soaring majestically above it all, floating on air currents, making a gradual descent back to Earth. I really love this one. It’s seven and a half minutes of silky tranquility.

“Sifting Through Daydreams” incorporates the sweet Alto flute and the EWI (electronic wind instrument) of Premik Russell Tubbs. This is another one that “breathes” as if it is alive. And at almost nine minutes, it gives us plenty of space for our mind to completely wander away from its troubles. And on “Murmur of Chimes,” we are again treated to Premik’s eloquence on the EWI, interweaving sinuously with Robert’s flowing, gentle guitar.

The album closes out with the gorgeous “Hovering in the Sun Rays.” Here again, Sara’s seraphic violin speaks in superb harmony with Robert’s dreamy guitar.

The peace in “Adrift in Wonder” is palatable; the tapestry rich throughout, the performances and production first-rate. It’s cohesive in its supreme serenity from start to finish. This is like flowing ambrosial nectar for the soul. Long and luxurious, without being pretentious in any way whatsoever. Aptly named, it is truly wondrous. You’ll want to get the whole album.
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