Michael Hedges

Like other Windham Hill guitarists such as Willliam Ackerman, Hedges' music goes far beyond just "folk". It's considerable appeal to ambient and downtempo fans comes from its subtly, its atmosphere and its flirtations with exotic melodies and modes.

artist:
Michael Hedges

country of origin:
USA

style(s):
New acoustic, folk, ambient, new age

decades active:
80's - 90's

essential releases:

  • Breakfast In The Field (1983, Windham Hill)
  • Aerial Boundaries (1985, Windham Hill)

Reviewed by Mike G

Tragically killed in a car crash in 1997, the late Michael Hedges was a first-rate guitar instrumentalist. Like other Windham Hill guitarists such as Willliam Ackerman, his music goes far beyond just "folk". Its considerable appeal to ambient and downtempo fans comes from its subtly, its atmosphere and its flirtations with exotic melodies and modes.

Breakfast In The Field (1983) and Aerial Boundaries (1985) are his first and second albums and capture him in spellbinding form as both a writer and technician. Pretty much everything works on these records, with tracks ranging from enchanting mood pieces to lively rhythmic stomps, and his technical brilliance is matched by decent, fleshed-out compositions. Like his mentor Leo Kottke, Hedges was forever exploring the possibilities of the guitar and here he produces some amazing sounds with unusual tunings, two hand hammer-on techniques and by generally slapping about the instrument. These are essential albums for both guitar aficionados and acoustic downtempo fans.

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