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Above & Beyond is the first solo ambient electronic CD by Glass bassist / guitarist / keyboardist Jeff Sherman. It is the result of several years of accumulating material that was beyond the scope of what Jeff brought to the Glass body of work. Jeff’s starting point was somewhere between John Cage and Brian Eno with a healthy dose of some of the more notable Berlin School of Electronic Music masters like Klaus Schultz and Manuel Göttsching. Sherman starts from the premise that all sound is music, and extends outward from there. He calls his music “Progressive Ambient.”
There are aspects to Austasia Pt 1, especially at the beginning, that are absolutely beautiful. Hauntingly beautiful, in fact...This is a lovely, lovely album through and through. If symphonic, electronic music is your thing, then you should make Jeff Sherman's Above & Beyond your thing.
- Stephanie Sollow, ProgressiveWorld
Jeff Sherman shows off here that he is an amazing composer as well as a multi-instrumentalist, building music from scratch rather than totally relying on computers that are readily available for "one-man-bands."
From symphonic, to lushly ambient, to minimalist composition, to complex sound collage, Above & Beyond takes the listening on a far-reaching journey.
- Aural Innovations