Sunday, November 17, 2013

What Goes Around

The six-member Shadowfax might have started off as a blues-based collective in late-1970s Chicago, but quickly metamorphosed into one of the leading proponents of intelligent new age music by the time of their eponymous debut in 1982. Shadowfax certainly wasn't your average David Lanz-emulating, Yanni-informed, boringly prosaic new age group specialising in sonic wallpaper. They had this admirable habit of incorporating diverse elements like elegant chamber jazz, courtly medieval measures, pulsating African tribal accents and meditative Indian modulations into their basic blueprint, instantly turning them into one of the most innovative and unique outfits in the scene. Check out the calmly ominous 'What Goes Around' from 1986, a rare vocal piece by the band that features some superlative alto-sax playing from chief Shadowfaxer Chuck Greenberg, who tragically died of a heart attack in 1995.


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