Trusting in the Rising Light
This fourth album for ECM finds Williamson in best creative form on his diverse instruments, drawing inspiration also from the ingenious improvisational input of two American musicians, violist Mat Maneri (further developing the association initiated on 'Skirting the River Road') and percussionist Ches Smith (last heard on ECM with Tim Berne's Snakeoil band). It was recorded in Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales, in January 2014.
Williamson, born 1943 in Edinburgh and a working musician for 55 years, is in fine voice as he enters his eighth decade, his harp and guitar playing is assured and inventive, and his creative curiosity as undiminished as the sense of wonder evident in his song texts. His ECM albums have continued to explore the nexus of roots and free experiment which made his old group, the Incredible String Band, so intriguing and his collaborations with improvising musicians have opened up new and broader possibilities in this regard. Of the singer/songwriters who came to public attention in Britain in the 1960s, none has more creatively mined traditions to shape new music.
'Trusting in the Rising Light', with its focus on Robin's own songs and sung poetry, follows three albums - 'The Seed-at-Zero' (recorded 2000), 'Skirting The River Road' (2001) and 'The Iron Stone' (2005) - which were concerned, in different measure, with his responses to the work of poets including Dylan Thomas, Henry Vaughan, Walt Whitman, William Blake, Thomas Wyatt, John Clare and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Personnel: Robin Williamson (vocals, Celtic harp, guitar, Hardanger fiddle, whistles), Mat Maneri (viola), Ches Smith (vibraphone, drums, gongs)
- Trusting in the Rising Light
- Our Evening Walk
- The Cards
- Just West of Monmouth
- Night Comes Quick in LA
- Alive Today
- These Hands
- Your Kisses
- Falling Snow
- The Islands of the Inner Firth
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