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Reflecting a body of work spanning eight albums, Will Ackerman's guitar music has become synonymous with the Windham Hill sound of excellence. This retrospective features guest artists Shadowfax, George Winston, Michael Hedges and many others. It's an hour's worth of great Ackerman. Whether the dialogue is between Ackerman and piano, or Ackerman and violin, or Ackerman and clarinet, the conversation scintillates, rings true and leaves us wanting to spend more time listening.

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This is the best guitar album I own. When I was in high school, I used to put this on when I was doing homework, but the music was so incredible that I couldn't accomplish anything. All I could do was sit and think about life. Sounds weird, but that's what this album makes you do.


Born: November 16, 1949 in Germany

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Will Ackerman has gained prominence both as a musician and a businessman, and at least one of those occupations seems to have been unintentional. Though Ackerman has played guitar since the age of 12, when he dropped out of college it was to become a carpenter, and his first company was called Windham Hill Builders. But Ackerman composed guitar music for Stanford University theater productions, and the encouragement of friends led him to record an album of his tunes, In Search of the Turtle's Navel,...
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