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Album Review

This classically trained cellist may be familiar to new age listeners from his early works with the Paul Winter Consort or from his 20-year-strong solo career in the genre. Adjectives like "warmly lyrical," "soulful," and "contemplative" come to mind, and his sparse arrangements are unique in that he creates a personal string orchestra of multiple cellos with piano and keyboards (not to mention lush nighttime nature sound effects). That said, it's mostly a soft, serene vibe experience that cares more about an aural caress effect than offering anything distinctive melodically. There's a heavy, dark emotional feeling as well. Still, some of the titles offer a few tidbits for the listener's imagination. "Children" has a sweeping orchestral effect, while "Prayer and Word" plays like a gloomy day in the forest. There's a little more improvisational energy on "Awakening," but part of it feels like it's just an orchestra tuning up. Lovers of pure ambience will best enjoy "Morning," with its crisp running water, chirping birds, and distant, high-ivory tones.

Customer Reviews

Likely, the best value for yoga music you'll ever find.

I have used this album in its entirety since 2002 for many, many hatha yoga classes. It remains my favorite album for yoga. Tracks from it are on every playlist I've made for yoga. Many class participants have asked me for the album/artist's name. This music never gets old. Track eight, Morning, is perfect for relaxation at class's end, to set the tone at the beginning of class, or both. With any track on Cello Blue, you can't miss.

Perfect companion to a Fall's day walk in the woods.

This whole album has a fantastic ambient quality about it. I find that it is the perfect companion to a crisp Ohio Fall day. The mood setting power is quite amazing. Darling has blended the perfect combination of dark and heavy overtones with those that are also light and almost whimsical and free. I pull this album out every Fall. There is nothing like sitting by the fireplace with a hot cup of tea and watching the leaves fall out the window while listening to Cello Blue. This is an album that you feel as much with your soul as you listen with your ears. Highly recommended.


Born: March 4, 1941 in Elkhart, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Eclectic composer/cellist David Darling incorporates jazz, classical, country, pop, and new age music into his playing and compositions. Starting as a child, Darling displayed facility with many different instruments and styles of music; he began with piano at age four, moved to cello six years later, and played string bass in his high school band (while also serving as bandleader). After finishing his studies in classical cello at Indiana State College in 1965, Darling stayed on as an instructor...
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