Tag / 1987

One name stuck out to me when listening to Japanese label Shi Zen’s wonderful Windham Hill-like compilation Shizen Collection ’87, it was Masayuki Sakamoto’s contribution “Psy’chy”. Even with other, like-minded Japanese New Age artists like Sojiro, Kiminori Atsuta, and the parent label’s creator Kitaro, there was always a high amount of cheesy aplomb in the […]

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/ May 5, 2017 / Comments Off on Eblen Macari: Música Para Planetarios (1987)

Eblen Macari: Música Para Planetarios (1987)

Every time I revisit Eblen Macari’s landmark release, Música Para Planetarios, I find something different and special about it. At times, it’s finding pride that something like this exist where one’s own Mexican culture doesn’t need to be negated/subjugated to create something spectacularly pioneering. Other times, it’s when I sit back and identify cultural cues and traditions inherent in […]

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/ April 17, 2017 / Comments Off on Yas Kaz: Shinran/Path To Purity (1987)

Yas Kaz: Shinran/Path To Purity (1987)

Originally recorded to soundtrack Rentarō Mikuni’s Jury Prize-winning Cannes film festival “Shinran: Path to Purity”, Yas Kaz’s own Shinran/Path To Purity does well to exist on its own, outside the cinema. Taking cues from the original story of Shinran, the Buddhist monk who promoted a very egalitarian method to spirituality/salvation, so does Yas Kaz transform his knowledge of Japanese […]

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/ March 10, 2017 / Comments Off on Sławomir Kulpowicz ft. Czesław Niemen: Samarpan (1987)

Sławomir Kulpowicz ft. Czesław Niemen: Samarpan (1987)

A true giant of Polish Pop music comes out of the wilderness to join up with a Polish Jazz giant who purposely went into its wilderness to create a masterpiece of Coltrane-influenced Spiritual Jazz…one influenced by the Coltrane we tend to forget. You see, Samarpan has all the touchstones of one Turiyasangitananda Alice Coltrane.

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/ March 1, 2017 / Comments Off on Frugivores: New Age Songs (1987)

Frugivores: New Age Songs (1987)

ere’s another fascinating release from the CODA label. I say fascinating because Frugivores’ New Age Songs vacillates between a thin line of taste. As you listen to the album initially, one doesn’t know whether to truly recommend it as a listen. But as the album continues, one hears certain songs, forcing you to fire up the old WordPress account and […]

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/ February 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Mariano Lozano-Platas: A Field In The Sky / Rotterdam-88 (1987)

Mariano Lozano-Platas: A Field In The Sky / Rotterdam-88 (1987)

ugust 21st, 1988 in Rotterdam, Netherlands must have been some kind of wonderful night. On that night, the music of composer Madrileño Mariano Lozano-Platas played to a crowd of 250,000 in attendance (and millions on TV) in an event unlike any seen/heard before. Heralding the designation of Rotterdam as the culture capital of European in […]

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/ February 6, 2017 / Comments Off on Mind Over Matter: Music For Paradise (1987)

Mind Over Matter: Music For Paradise (1987)

traight from Duisburg, Germany comes the impressive debut from Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock (otherwise known as Cosmic Hoffmann) on Klaus Schulze’s wonderful Innovative Communication record label. Music For Paradise was Klaus’s attempt to present his spiritual journey from space-disco cosmic man to “woke” Eastern-influenced musician, via various forms of musical movements. Originally titled “Music for Meditation”, somewhere, along its phase from demo […]

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/ February 3, 2017 / Comments Off on Orquesta de las Nubes: Manual de Usuario (1987)

Orquesta de las Nubes: Manual de Usuario (1987)

rquesta de las Nubes, The Cloud Orchestra, isn’t really an orchestra, that we know for sure. What it is is a trio of Spanish musicians aiming to make music that was unlike anything else. While researching the history behind the band I ran across interviews by founder Suso Sáiz mentioning how even they themselves didn’t know the type […]

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