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The Gathering II

by Various Artists

Will Ackerman (the founder of the ground-breaking label Windham Hill Records), working in conjunction with co-producer & engineer Tom Eaton, selected tracks from recordings of the many artists who journeyed to his studio in Vermont to record.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sojourn
Jim Gabriel
3:25 album only
2. Joy Comes Again
David Kydd
4:05 album only
3. Where the Pines Once Stood
Lawrence Blatt
2:25 album only
4. Calligraphy
Laura Sullivan
3:43 album only
5. Midwinter Lullaby
Kathryn Kaye
3:20 album only
6. Sailing
Louis Colaiannia
4:09 album only
7. Ex Nihilo
Matteo Palmer
4:25 album only
8. Lullaby for the Hills
4:18 album only
9. Starlight Melody
Denise Young
3:42 album only
10. Photograph
Rebecca Harrold
3:58 album only
11. Devodance
4:29 album only
12. All Souls Lullaby
Heidi Breyer
3:53 album only
13. Early Falls the Christmas Snow
Dominic Silla
2:55 album only
14. Pathway to Love
Ryan Michael Richards
3:44 album only
15. Open Spaces
Stanton Lanier
3:17 album only
16. Naked Love
Fiona Joy
2:48 album only
17. Afterglow
Ann Sweeten
4:07 album only
18. All the Days of My Life
Vicente Avella
3:52 album only
19. Dark Blue Wind
Vin Downes
3:34 album only
20. Uncertainty
3:06 album only
21. Yew and I
Lynn Yew Evers
2:55 album only
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Album Notes
In 2012, producer Will Ackerman (the founder of the ground-breaking label Windham Hill), working in conjunction with co-producer and engineering/mixing aficionado Tom Eaton, selected tracks from recordings of the many artists who had journeyed to his now legendary Imaginary Road Studios in rural Vermont to record their music. The resultant album, The Gathering, blew critics and fans away and won the coveted Album of the Year award at that year's Zone Music Reporter Award Show in New Orleans
"As he did on The Gathering, Will Ackerman, with his producing partner and ace engineer/mixer Tom Eaton, has 'gathered' together some of the most talented acoustic music artists onto yet another stellar compilation album. The Gathering II proves that not only was the first album's success not a 'one trick pony' by Ackerman, but that he apparently has a singular talent for harnessing the best that these artists have to offer the world. From soulful solo piano to graceful guitar to delightful duos or excellent ensembles, The Gathering II is a one-stop shop for lovers of acoustic instrumental music."
Bill Binkelman
Music Reviewer
Zone Music Reporter and Retailing Insight magazine

If you wondered where the beautiful music of Windham Hill went..... try The Gathering II !!!



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"The Gathering II" is the stunning follow-up to the 2012 Zone Music Reporter’s Record of the Year (with the highest rating of any record in the history of those charts), "The Gathering." Like the first release, "The Gathering II" is a compilation of artists recently produced by Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records, at his Imaginary Road Studio (most tracks were co-produced by engineer Tom Eaton). All but one of the pieces come from albums released 2012-14 and the other was released in 2010. Twenty-one artists are represented by one track from each. Some are solo instrumentals while the majority feature instrumental and vocal (wordless) support by such Imaginary Road luminaries as Eugene Friesen, Charlie Bisharat, Noah Wilding, Jill Haley, Jeff Oster, and Ackerman himself. I reviewed all but four of the albums as they were released, so it has been a joy to listen to what was selected as the best of the best for this compilation. I should note that many of the pieces were edited for length, but that process was done seamlessly and in no way detracts from the enjoyment of the music. In fact, it should give many listeners incentive to seek out the original recordings!

It is impossible to choose favorites from such a stellar collection - all of the music is exceptional, as is the sound quality of each track. The playing order flows seamlessly, creating a smooth, relaxing listening experience of more than 1 1/4 hours. The pianists include Jim Gabriel, Dave Kydd, Laura Sullivan (from her Grammy-winning Love’s River), Kathryn Kaye, Louis Colaiannia, Masako, Denise Young, Rebecca Harrold, Heidi Breyer, Dominic Silla, Stanton Lanier, Fiona Joy, Ann Sweeten, Vicente Avella, Isadar, and Lynn Yew Evers. The guitarists are Lawrence Blatt, Matteo Palmer, Shambhu, Ryan Michael Richards, and Vin Downes - a regular who’s who of some of the best acoustic musicians composing and recording today.

"The Gathering II" will definitely be on my list of Favorites for 2014 and I give it my highest recommendation.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Its hard to believe that two years have passed since the release of the first compilation entitled The Gathering – a landmark album that garnered international radio airplay, and was honored as the ZMR “Album Of The Year,” with the highest rating of any record in the history of those charts. Now, the eagerly awaited sequel, appropriately titled, The Gathering II, presents another luminous line up of musical talent. As explained in their press release: “The Gathering II continues to showcase the productions of Grammy winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman and his engineer and co-producer Tom Eaton at the renown Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. Together they produce and record some of the most talented acoustic musicians in the world.

I sincerely wish that I could go into detail on all the artists who came together on The Gathering II. With 21 tracks of amazing music, choosing highlights is an impossible task but here are a few. A beautiful piano-based track is “Sailing” by Louis Colaiannia from his album “Closer.” While the piece starts out as a piano solo, he is joined halfway through by six of Will’s finest studio musicians. Guitarist Matteo Palmer, who still in his teen years displays a level of fretboard mastery that many more “mature” guitarist’s would be envious of. The interplay of Rebecca Harrold’s graceful piano work and the soulful violin of Charlie Bisharat is particularly outstanding on her track entitled “Photograph.” Guitarist, Shambhu and an all-star cast present the gorgeous “Devodance,” featuring an elegant flugelhorn solo by Jeff Oster that is the icing on the cake of this most evocative composition. Australian pianist Fiona Joy adds exotic instruments from around the world to her eminently expressive keyboard artistry on “Naked Love.”

The Gathering II an absolute masterpiece on every level – a harmonic convergence in the truest sense. The profusion of masterful composing, arranging, and instrumentation create an experience to enjoy again and again, as you get to better know each composer and savor the subtle nuances that are heard in new ways with each listening. Lovers of Will Ackerman’s classic Windham Hill sound and contemporary acoustic music in general will find endless inspiration in the mellifluous melodies of The Gathering II.

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

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
The second edition of this compilation series presents select tracks from new age recording artists produced by Grammy Award-winning guitarist and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman.

The album features the work of several musicians reviewed by me on this site, including Kathryn Kaye, Louis Colaiannia, Masako, Shambhu, Heidi Bryer, Fiona Joy, Ann Sweeten, Vin Downes, Isadar, and Lynn Yew Evers.

This is a fine introduction to and sampling of some of the best alternative instrumental (and vocal) music available.