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  • Audio CD (October 1, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Capitol Broadcasting Company
  • ASIN: B00F3L8OUE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bill Leslie s Grace of the Wild Review Anyone who has listened to Bill Leslie over the years knows that a recurring theme of his music is the sacredness of space. He explores that theme by inviting us on explorations of places that are near to his heart. The lion s share of his music has described journeys through his beloved North Carolina his meditation in the pews of Grace Episcopal Church in Morganton, his hikes among the ancient pines of Linville Gorge, and his times walking through the brackish mists of historic Bath. In his newest CD, Grace of the Wild, Carolina s bard traces his roots back even further to Scotland, the homeland of Clan Leslie. In a masterful weaving of traditional Scottish airs and new songs, this album follows Leslie s travels with his son, a fitting narrative from a composer who has introduced us to his own father in other albums. While the traditional tunes give the listener a lovely combination of well-known melodies undergirded by new chords, and would themselves make for an excellent album, it is in the new material that Leslie shines. From the haunting title track (which is reminiscent of Bragh Adair, the Celtic fusion band led by Bill Leslie in the early years of the last decade but with more depth) to the finale, the evocative Across the Moor played on solo low D whistle, this is Bill Leslie at his most mature and most introspective. My personal favorite track, Dunnottar, is an achingly beautiful contemplation on a region of eastern Scotland, the site of a late ancient and medieval hold. In the interlaced whistle, keyboard, and strings, one can hear the ghosts of St. Ninnian, William Wallace, and Richard Coeur de Lion whispering mournfully among the crumbling battlements of Castle Dunnottar. The instrumentation on Grace of the Wild is very strong, not only in the ubiquitous Celtic whistle and guitar, but also with the more unexpected oboe, cello, and bodhran-like percussion. The arrangements by Leslie and pianist Bill Covington are varied and delightfully unpredictable. But it is the moving violin of Jennifer Curtis, dancing through the mists of Caledonia, that reminds us again and again to look back to our roots and remember. As a long time listener of Bill Leslie s music, I have never been able to point to an album that was my favorite. With Grace of the Wild, that may have changed. Garry J. Crites Duke University August 27, 2013 --Garry Crites, Duke University

BILL LESLIE Scotland - Grace of the Wild Greycliff Music (2013) Bill Leslie (along with wife Cindy and son Will) traveled to the ancestral home of the Leslie clan recently and despite this being Bill's third visit to Scotland, for some reason, he saw the land with new eyes and a deeper sense of appreciation, fondness, and love for this country of rugged beauty, friendly people, and landscapes that are truly breathtaking. As he wandered taking photos just before and after dawn, some of the songs on this CD began to take root and grow in his mind. Scotland - Grace of the Wild is the eventual end product that sprung from those early morning walks as well as other travels during that trip. All I can say is we are fortunate he decided to get up early each morning. Leslie has blessed us with what I think is his finest album to date, a recording to cherish through many playings. Having reviewed several earlier recordings by this talented multi-instrumentalist (guitar, whistles, piano, organ, keyboards), I knew the artist had a special affinity for Gaelic/Celtic music (there are usually some Celtic-influenced tracks on each album). I have commented more than once on how he and the accompanists (always hugely talented) he plays with sometimes resembles the pioneering Celtic fusion group Nightnoise (one of the founding artists on Windham Hill). On Scotland - Grace of the Wild, this comparison to Nightnoise reaches its zenith. Not i --Bill Binkelman - Wind and Wire

BILL LESLIE Scotland - Grace of the Wild Greycliff Music (2013) Bill Leslie (along with wife Cindy and son Will) traveled to the ancestral home of the Leslie clan recently and despite this being Bill's third visit to Scotland, for some reason, he saw the land with new eyes and a deeper sense of appreciation, fondness, and love for this country of rugged beauty, friendly people, and landscapes that are truly breathtaking. As he wandered taking photos just before and after dawn, some of the songs on this CD began to take root and grow in his mind. Scotland - Grace of the Wild is the eventual end product that sprung from those early morning walks as well as other travels during that trip. All I can say is we are fortunate he decided to get up early each morning. Leslie has blessed us with what I think is his finest album to date, a recording to cherish through many playings. Having reviewed several earlier recordings by this talented multi-instrumentalist (guitar, whistles, piano, organ, keyboards), I knew the artist had a special affinity for Gaelic/Celtic music (there are usually some Celtic-influenced tracks on each album). I have commented more than once on how he and the accompanists (always hugely talented) he plays with sometimes resembles the pioneering Celtic fusion group Nightnoise (one of the founding artists on Windham Hill). On Scotland - Grace of the Wild, this comparison to Nightnoise reaches its zenith. Not in any way as an imitation, but as an evolution, continuing the same music magic that Mícháel Ó Domhnaill, Billy Oskay, Tríona Ní Dhomnaill and Brian Dunning started with their band. It goes without saying that if you are a fan of albums such as At the End of the Evening and Shadow of Time, you will likely love this record. Scotland - Grace of the Wild features fourteen tracks, five of them traditional and nine of them original compositions by Leslie. Taking over a lot of the piano playing duties is long-time friend Bill Covington (who also did the piano arrangement and co-produced along with Leslie and John Plymale; Plymale and Wes Lachot mixed the album, and did a splendid job). Joining Leslie and Covington (who, by the way, also plays accordion on the CD) are Jennifer Curtis (violin), Nancy Green (cello), Will Leslie (percussion), David Oh (cello) and Melanie Wilsden (oboe). Most of the music on the album is low-key, sometimes somber and reflective, other times warm and romantic. There are a few sprightly moments here and there. Many selections capture, in music, the very essence of a country with haunting moors shrouded in fog, sheer, mountains of rock, mysterious lochs surrounded by rolling hills, castles which have stood for hundreds of years, and charming towns and villages. The focal point of much of the album is Bill Leslie's evocative whistle playing, and while all the participating players contribute at one time or another, it is the lilting tones of his whistle that resonate deepest. --Bill Binkelman - Wind and Wire

Product Description

2013 Album of the Year as voted by international radio hosts tracked by Zone Music Reporter. The top musical honor was presented to Bill Leslie in New Orleans on May 17, 2014 by Windham Hill Records founder and Grammy Award winner Will Ackerman. Bill Leslie's seventh album features a highly talented ensemble of musicians on piano, acoustic guitar, violin, cello, Celtic flutes and whistles, oboe, accordion and percussion. Scotland: Grace of the Wild features 14 instrumental tunes. Nine of the songs were written by Leslie and the remainder are traditional melodies including Loch Lomond and Flowers of Edinburgh. The album was co-produced by Bill Leslie, pianist Bill Covington and John Plymale. The legendary Greg Calbi mastered the album at Sterling Sound in New York.

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Very nice indeed.
Andrea Whiting
"Bridge of Lochay" is as peaceful as fog silently moving along the coast - sigh!
Kathy Parsons
She loves Bill Leslie's music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Parsons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2013
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It's been two years since Bill Leslie released his chart-topping and award-winning "A Midnight Clear - Christmas in Mitford," but I'm very happy to say that Bill is back in top form with "Scotland: Grace of the Wild," a fourteen-track instrumental album inspired by a trip to Scotland that was a college graduation gift to Bill's son (and percussionist), Will. It was Bill's third trip to the land of his ancestors, but he found himself seeing the beauty of the countryside through new eyes as he photographed the landscapes in the quiet moments just before and after dawn. In addition to being named "one of the greats in modern Celtic music" by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Bill Leslie is a veteran television news journalist for CBS affiliate WRAL in Raleigh, NC, who has won more than 80 major news awards including five Emmys and two Peabody Awards. "Scotland: Grace of the Wild" includes nine original compositions and five traditional Scottish pieces arranged for piano by Bill Covington. In addition to Leslie's guitar, Celtic whistles and keyboards, Covington is featured on piano and accordion, Jennifer Curtis on violin, Nancy Green and David Oh on cello, Will Leslie on percussion, and Melanie Wilsden on oboe. I always love when a new Bill Leslie's CD arrives for review because it's always such a treat for the soul as well as the ears.

"Scotland: Grace of the Wild" begins with the title track, a wistful piece that evokes visions of misty moors and rocky hillsides - perfect for a soundtrack! "Loch Lomond" is one of the traditional songs, and Bill Covington's piano is especially elegant in this piece. "Portree" is a gentle beauty that features Leslie on guitars, whistles, and keyboards as well as Covington on piano and accordion, and the wonderfully expressive violin of Jennifer Curtis.
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I found out about this album after it was awarded Album of the year at Zone Music Reporter. It's a great album in every way. So happy I have it in my collection!
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This album is a joy to all of us with Scottish forebears or who just love good authentic music. Listen to excerpts and see if you don't agree.
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By Andrea Whiting on April 2, 2014
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Better than anticipated and truly appreciated.
Will continue to buy more of Bill's work.
Very nice indeed. Run out of plaudits.
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By Raj Manoharan on March 6, 2014
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Whenever I see Bill Leslie's name on the sender's address label, I know I'm in for a musical treat.

His latest release, deservedly nominated for Album of the Year, Best World Album, and Best Contemporary Album by Zone Music Reporter, confirms to me that he is simply one of the best acoustic guitarists in the business.

Inspired by a recent family vacation to Leslie's ancestral home of Scotland, the album features a rich mix of original and traditional songs, all brought to vibrant life by Leslie's guitars, whistles, and keyboards, as well as piano, accordion, oboe, flute, cello, violin, and percussion by a host of exceptional musicians. On many of the tracks, the other instruments are as prominent as the guitar, proving Leslie to be a generous and supportive bandleader.

The sound quality is so crisp and clear that you can hear every nuance of Leslie's picking and strumming. This further enhances the inherent beauty and serenity of Leslie's compositions and covers, which blend American country and folk with Celtic influences for a hearty, wholesome fusion that is deeply satisfying.

As both an acoustic guitarist and a composer/arranger, Leslie has a measured, confident fluidity that is neither frenzied nor vapid, making him a welcome breath of fresh air among his contemporaries.

You can't go wrong with Bill Leslie.
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By Rebwood on January 3, 2014
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I purchased several of these for my aunt to give as gifts. She loves Bill Leslie's music. They were just as explained in description
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