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Album Review

For this release, William Ackerman combines the energetic, hypnotic guitar playing that was featured on great albums of his like Childhood and Memory and Passage with vocals provided by a talented group of artists, many of whom he became acquainted with during his tenure as the head of Windham Hill. The result is an album that seems to be greater than the sum of its parts. Gentle, soothing vocals by the likes of Happy Rhodes, Samite, Noah Chase, and Heather Rankin are the perfect accompaniment for Ackerman's subtle guitar, which never seems relegated to the role of mere background texture, yet doesn't draw undue attention to itself either.


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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