Music for a meditative traveler. Doesn't the best music transport us to another place, allowing an auditory and often visual involvement in a new or different experience? Doesn't it push or pull or guide, or simply immerse us in the sound? Cleveland Wehle's new album, The Crossing, certainly does. Mixing space, symphonic, and electronica soundscapes in gentle cascades, the music evokes a slow jazz line, a shimmering string, or smooth surfiness in turns. At times melodically simple, layers build slowly, sometimes leading to surprising complexity. The airy and dynamic phrasing is ideal for guided imagery. Careful listening to the medium length pieces (most of the 8 tracks are more than 8 minutes) is rewarded with glimpses of longer phrases and themes. But simply following this music where it leads provides all the benefit we can ask: a gentle journey to a contemplative and peaceful place. Highly recommended. --Mark Murphy
This starkly beautiful elegy features over 70 minutes of exceptionally deep and cinematic music. The soft, weightless, flow of these tracks leave the listener in a serene state. Here is a blend of influences as diverse as Vangelis, Debussy and Angelo Badalamenti - with trademark unhurried paleo-future soundscapes and echoes of sublime beauty that have made Wehle a favorite for chill soundtracks of the imagination. Cover art, 'The Crossing', is by Joseph Sheppard Rogers (Nevia).<P>About the Composer: Keyboard artist Cleveland Wehle, a Virginia-based musician specializing in slow, natural and atmospheric ambient music, writes and records works that are calm and serene - and convey a deeply personal, reflective and contemplative effect upon the listener.