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Album Review

One of Lenny MacDowell's more successful experiments at blending new age spaceiness with smooth jazz-influenced instrumental music, 1997's The Farthest Shore is a bit meatier than earlier attempts like 1995's Flying Torso. The seven extended tracks average over ten minutes apiece, ranging from the evocative three-minute flute solo "Natural Flair" to the epic 21-minute closer "The Spiritual Sound of the Ocean." Not nearly as pretentious as that title might suggest, the track blends MacDowell's overdubbed and treated flutes with African percussion and a more electronica-oriented set of keyboards than usual; like the rest of the album, its extended length gives MacDowell and the other players ample time to build and develop the trance-like melodic lines and drones where MacDowell's earlier albums tended to feature shorter and much less complex pieces. This broader canvas turns out to be exactly what MacDowell needed; The Farthest Shore's seven tracks work both individually and as movements in an organic whole, making this his best album.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Flautist Lenny MacDowell is based in Germany, where he's an integral part of the local smooth jazz and new age music scenes, as a performer, a producer, and as owner of the eclectic and productive Blue Flame record label. Although some of his albums have a heavy crossover pop influence, MacDowell's primary style involves elements of ambient music, world music, jazz, and new age, combined in varying percentages from album to album. Born Friedemann Leinert, a name he still occasionally uses as a producer...
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The Farthest Shore, Lenny Mac Dowell
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: New Age, Music
  • Released: 15 April 1999

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