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"Before acquiring a taste in music, Weingarten gained an interest in photography early on; at seven years old, he received his first camera as a Christmas gift. By junior high, Weingarten moved on to shooting Super 8 films. However, in high school, he also aspired to teach himself how to play slide guitar after his first exposure to blues.

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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B00JA0C8GA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Remember Summer
2. Evie
3. A Different Rain
4. Western Overnight
5. Mr. Sundance
6. Little Island
7. Nightwalk
8. Code Blues
9. Sundial
10. Three Will Pass By

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This is simply one of the best guitar-led jazz/new age fusion albums ever recorded and released.
Raj Manoharan
Like the images in the music video Carl created for the first track on the album, the music itself captures the carefree fun in the sun feeling of the summer season.
Michael Diamond
At the same time he has surrounded his playing with a rotating cast of superb musicians, track depending, all keenly tuned in to his musical vision.
Peter T. Thelen

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MWE3 CD reviews on June 4, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Northern California has always been a central hub of great American guitar music since the 1950’s and ‘60s. That legacy of groundbreaking guitar sounds from NorCal continues on with the 2014 CD by guitarist Carl Weingarten. That CD, Life Under Stars puts the term “experimental guitar music” into a new 21st century context. Carl has always worked with excellent musicians and many of those same musicians are back again for Life Under Stars—including Michael Manring (bass), Celso Alberti (drums), Jeff Oster (trumpet, flugelhorn), Robert M. Powell (pedal steel guitar) and other fine musicians. Commenting on the challenge of bringing his unique and experimental, yet very accessible music into the 21st century music world, Carl tells mwe3.com, ‘There’s lots of great players working out there. I just try to stay inspired and keep doing the best music I can. Most working musicians, if they stick with it long enough, become the artist they’re meant to be. It doesn’t mean one stops growing or exploring. It means, for me at least, that I believe in what I do and know what my range is.’ In the sense that—as a guitar innovator, Weingarten prefers meticulously recorded sonics compared to sheer experimentalism—he’s clearly a throwback to a time of rare groundbreaking events in music history. The amazing sounds on Life Under Stars will open your ears to Carl Weingarten's brave new world of guitar artistry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Diamond on April 9, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Ambient music can often be ethereal and meditative, however, Carl's version here is an upbeat top-down cruise to the beach. Like the images in the music video Carl created for the first track on the album, the music itself captures the carefree fun in the sun feeling of the summer season. This lightness of being carries over to the next track, a tune called "Evie." Adding to the freewheeling vibe of the song is the airy flute playing of Barbara Else, and the propulsive drumming of Brian Knave, who performs on two of the album's tracks. On a slightly more-dreamy note, is "Mr. Sundance," highlighted by the always-tasteful accompaniment of Jeff Oster on trumpet and flugelhorn.

In addition to Carl's own contributions on acoustic and electric slide guitars, dobro, keyboards, looping, and sound design, not to mention writing and arranging 10 original compositions, the album features the talents of a dozen other instrumentalists, including bassist Michael Manring, Jeff Oster on trumpet and flugelhorn, keyboardist Kit Walker, Robert M. Powell on pedal steel, drummer/ percussionist Celso Alberti and more. One of my favorite tracks was a trippy piece called "Nightwalk." On this one, Carl dips into his sound designer bag of tricks to create an atmospheric sonic collage that with Jeff's ambient muted trumpet had a bit of Miles Davis meets Pink Floyd vibe - very nice! It is music like this that has earned Carl accolades for being one of the most innovative guitarists in this genre.

While his music has been called "cinematic jazz," certainly an expansive categorization, it's not quite broad enough to describe all the elements and nuances that make up Carl's sound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Carl Weingarten's "Life Under Stars" is an entertaining and thoroughly engaging set of instrumental music. The opener "I Remember Summer" pulls the listener in with Robert M. Powell's pedal steel guitar in a setting that is pastoral with a sense of nature, but is very far from country music. I'm not sure I've heard pedal steel guitar played like that before; it's new and exciting. "Evie" is a lovely track with Barbara Else's flutes making the track seem to fly aloft in a musical stratosphere. It makes me flash on one of my all-time classic albums, "Hurtwood Edge" by Tim Weisberg. Delightful! "Code Blues" is a party mix track with Pat Duffey's electric lead crying out of the speakers in an excited wail. "Under the Stars" is a dynamic set of compositions, well played and well conceived. Enjoy!
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Call this pure Americana, informed by equal parts of country, blues, rock, world music, a touch of classical, all steeped in a long career of inventive experimentation. When one hears much of what’s here, it seems like a perfect companion soundtrack to a drive out in the country, with farms, cornfields and big trees, beautiful streams and snowy peaks, the little town with the old gas station and a general store that goes by in the blink of an eye. The style is kinetic, but gently applied with tasty arrangements, a thoroughly satisfying journey using an abundance of acoustic and electric instrumentation that perfectly suit the compositions. Weingarten paints the basic sounds and images for the ten tracks using mostly acoustic guitar and dobro, adding additional electric slide guitar parts and looping effects with ebow and such. At the same time he has surrounded his playing with a rotating cast of superb musicians, track depending, all keenly tuned in to his musical vision. Michael Manring provides bass on most of the cuts, along with a main group of players that includes Robert Powell on pedal steel, Kit Walker on keyboards, Pat Duffey on additional guitars, drummer and percussionist Celso Alberti, and Jeff Oster on trumpet and flugelhorn, the latter contributing some memorable solos on several pieces. Other players figure in also, contributing whatever is needed at any given moment. “Code Blues” is perhaps the most rocking track here, with numerous layers of electric and slide guitar swirling over a punchy riff. Those familiar with Weingarten’s previous ensemble works like Blue Faith and Panamorphia will have a good idea of the musicianship and visionary principles that guide Life Under Stars. For those who haven’t, this is as good a place as any to start your journey.
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