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    Posted: August 26 2005 at 08:54
Back from the cellar : I just got some old tapes I want to record on MD, one is a Windham Hill-compilation of 'Shadowfax'. The band recorded from 1982-1986 five records for Windham Hill and up to 1992 some isolated records for different labels.They play a mixture of World and Fusion with interesting rhythm work and nice melody lines especially by late  Chuck Greenberg who played winds ( one of the few players who played the 'Lyricon'). They can be compared to Oregon and Montreux.  Anyone who is familar with their work?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 26 2005 at 09:03

 Shadowfax got caught in a short thread a couple of months ago, and are sometimes mentioned because of the violin playing. As you say, had a good mix of world jazz fusion (I like their Indo jazz fusion) and jazz rock fusion , which meant being with Windham Hill during the early days,  people sometimes (wrongly) thought they were New Age but they were much more gutsy than that.

Checking out Amazon.Uk shows many albums are still available this side of the Atlantic, even if on import:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/026-9 226558-7204446
                                                         

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 26 2005 at 09:52

The first Shadowfax album, Watercourse Way, is as good as any of the Happy the Man albums. Maybe better. After they reformed in the early '80's and signed with Windam Hill they made lots of good albums, won some Grammy's. They pretty much lost the "rock" element by the time they signed with WH, but they were still progressive. Sadly Chuck Greenberg passed away in the last few years, I don't think that they have gone on without him. All of their albums are worth a listen.

I have always found it strange that folks that claim to be so well versed in prog or American prog either don't know about these guys or discount them as some light weight new age trash. They have always had so much to offer to those that take the time to listen.



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