From ECHOES’

John Diliberto

 
Will Ackerman @ Echoes

Will Ackerman @ Echoes

 

Will Ackerman Then & Now: 5 Best CDs

Five Best Will Ackerman CDs

Will Ackerman @ Echoes

 
There are a few people of whom I can say, if not for them, I wouldn’t be here.  And that’s the case with Will Ackerman.  He founded Windham Hill Records, still a cornerstone of the music you hear on Echoes. 

That would probably be enough, but he also launched the finger-style guitar renaissance...
— John Diliberto
 
 
Will Ackerman photo by Irene Young

Will Ackerman photo by Irene Young

 
Fans of the kind of gentle, introspective, and melodic acoustic guitar playing that helped define new age music in its late ‘70s and ‘80s heyday will make fast friends with this collection of reinterpretations by one of the genre’s formative masters.

Ackerman, whose career spans from his cheaply recorded 1976 debut, ...The Turtle’s Navel, through his Grammy-nominated 2001 hit Hearing Voices, made an an art form out of musical reflection while also founding and guiding Windham Hill into a presence as one of the world’s top instrumental labels. His goal was to take a series of 11 favorite songs — some originally recorded with an ensemble — from 1970-1997 and record them for posterity in a way that reflects the emotional nuances, precision, and maturing beauty they’ve picked up along the road
— Jonathan Windran
 
 
Photo courtesy of Trevor Gordon Hall and Todd Mosby

Photo courtesy of Trevor Gordon Hall and Todd Mosby

 
Guitarist William Ackerman was the founder of iconic alternative label Windham Hill Records, a label that in its heyday was devoted mostly to “new acoustic” music (although it often ended up being filed under new age, much to Ackerman’s displeasure).

Under his guidance, Windham Hill became both a creative beacon and market heavyweight in adult alternative music in the 70’s and 80’s.

Perhaps inevitability, the quality of its releases blanded out under the ownership of
corporate music giant BMG/Sony after Ackerman sold his share of the label in 1992…
— Ambient music guide Mike G