DAVID DARLING

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David Darling (born March 3, 1941 in Elkhart, Indiana; died January 8, 2021 in Goshen, Connecticut) was a Grammy Award winning American cellist and composer. In the summer of 1970 Darling joined the Grammy Award winning Paul Winter Consort making his home in Nashville, TN. There he served as assistant principal cellist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and worked as a studio session player in the Nashville recording scene with the main focus of his career being the Consort. His first solo release, "Journal October", was released by ECM Records in 1980. He left The Paul Winter Consort in 1987 to pursue his solo career. He has also collaborated with other ECM artists including Terje Rypdal and Ketil Bjørnstad. His album "Cello Blue" (2001) was nominated for a Grammy Award. He won the award for Best New Age Album for his 2009 release "Prayer For Compassion."

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DAVID DARLING Journal October album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Journal October
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1980
DAVID DARLING Cycles album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Cycles
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1982
DAVID DARLING Improvising With David Darling - Tape II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Improvising With David Darling - Tape II
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1991
DAVID DARLING Cello album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Cello
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1992
DAVID DARLING The Tao Of Cello album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tao Of Cello
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1993
DAVID DARLING Eight String Religion album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Eight String Religion
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1993
DAVID DARLING Dark Wood album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Dark Wood
Third Stream 1995
DAVID DARLING Musical Massage: Balance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musical Massage: Balance
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2000
DAVID DARLING Musical Massage: In Tune album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musical Massage: In Tune
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2001
DAVID DARLING Cello Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cello Blue
Third Stream 2001
DAVID DARLING David Darling & Wulu Bunun Tribe : Mihumisa(n)g (aka Mudanin Kata) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
David Darling & Wulu Bunun Tribe : Mihumisa(n)g (aka Mudanin Kata)
World Fusion 2003
DAVID DARLING Open Window album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Open Window
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2003
DAVID DARLING Musical Massage: Blissful Relaxation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musical Massage: Blissful Relaxation
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2007
DAVID DARLING The Darling Conversations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Darling Conversations
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2007
DAVID DARLING The Return of Desire: Improvisations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Return of Desire: Improvisations
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2008
DAVID DARLING Prayer For Compassion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prayer For Compassion
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2009
DAVID DARLING The Zen of Poetry (with ChungLiang Al Huang) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Zen of Poetry (with ChungLiang Al Huang)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2010
DAVID DARLING Improvisations for Cello and Piano (with Jacqueline Tschabold Bhuyan) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Improvisations for Cello and Piano (with Jacqueline Tschabold Bhuyan)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2012
DAVID DARLING Gratitude album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gratitude
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2016
DAVID DARLING Homage To Kindness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Homage To Kindness
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2019
DAVID DARLING Reverence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reverence
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2022
DAVID DARLING David Darling and Hans Christian : Ocean Dreaming Ocean album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
David Darling and Hans Christian : Ocean Dreaming Ocean
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2023

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DAVID DARLING Eight String Religion

Album · 1993 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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American cellist and composer DAVID DARLING (1941-2021) came into my radar as a collaborator of Norwegian pianist and composer Ketil Björnstad on his ECM albums The Sea (1995) and The Sea II (1998), alongside guitarist Terje Rypdal and drummer Jon Christensen. The spatially impressionistic and melancholic instrumental music on those albums made a deep impression on me in the late 90's, and if I remember right, soon afterwards I also found this solo album of Darling from the library. Otherwise his output is not familiar to me.

This aptly titled album indeed has almost a "sacred" feel of introspection. Released on the New Age label Hearts Of Space, it is a wholeheartedly NewAgey collaboration between Darling on cello, piano and other miscallenous instruments plus wordless voice, and the engineer/producer Mickey Houlihan who added some field recordings of mainly water and birds. This music is thoroughly peaceful, tender and soothing, but unlike much of the so called New Age Music, definitely not clichéd or calculated in a hollow way. Of course it always depends on the individual listener how any music reaches one's "inner spirit" or "soul". In my case, listening to this album is a truly beautiful and cleansing experience. The deep-voiced cello has the key role in the magical equation.

Not necessarily each of the eight (!) pieces are anything more than harmonic and beautiful sonic tapestry for relaxation, and that's ok. Because there are deeply impressive highlights too. 'Soft Light' functions perfectly as the opener with its slow-paced dueting between piano and cello's pizzicato. 'Clouds' takes one deeper into inner visions and emotions, with a slight Oriental feel in the melodies and the delicate use of voice.

My favourite is 'Sweet River' that starts with birdsong and gentle sounds of water. The piano plays a melancholic melody, the voice is heard occasionally, and before you realize your mind is floating along the river in a timeless, placeless way. The production is perfect, each little detail serves the whole. The light percussion is a bit reminiscent of the vases in the NITS album Ting (1992). On 'Sojourn' the soft repeated pattern makes me think of BRIAN ENO at his most delicate -- yes, Ambient is another fitting category for this album -- while the cello wails beautifully at its top register, making allusions to the aforementioned The Sea albums.

On the final piece 'Remember' the voice is at its most central, in both the melodic and the sonic sense. No proper words, just d's and wovels. To sum things up, I warmly recommend this album if you appreciate calm introspection in music, the sound of cello, the ECM-like spatial production, and the Ambient genre, and are not put off by the term New Age or the sound effects of nature.

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