Air Craft

 

       So Near, So Far

Re-mastered to celebrate the 30th anniversary vinyl release of "So Near, So Far" on Catero/Fantasy Records, the CD features a bonus track, "The Healer", not found on the original LP.  Air Craft was the last band signed to legendary recording engineer Fred Catero's eponymously named label. Fred, best known for his work recording such artists as Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, and classical sessions for Columbia Records, founded his label with the motto, "If it's commercial, it's probably on the radio.  If it's good, it's on Catero."  This optimistic philosophy led to a number of wonderful and artistic records, but an unscrupulous distributor forced Fred out of the record business and back into the studio.  "So Near, So Far" was left orphaned and never received that attention it deserved.  

Some sound clips from 'So Near, So Far':

Opening track, we call it 'Opening'. Spacious and a little 'new agey'', don't hold it against us..

just a piano and violin having fun....

a little darker and more serious here.....

Fast and a little magical......

keep pushing on the journey......

where are we going anyway?

Some comments from the critics....

"Sometimes you forget just how good music was back in 1985, so good that albums like "So Near, So Far" somehow got overlooked.  But the reissue of this recording revelas a band with impeccaboe chops and gorgeous compositions, especially the title track, which was later covered by Ancient Future and "Opening (First Step - Vision)". The meeting of Doug McKeehan's rich keyboard textures and T. Bruce Bowers' violin takes me back to the days that pointed toward the future."

                                                                         John Dilberto, Host of Echoes

Listening to 'So Near, So Far" is like unearthing a buried treasure.  Recorded some 30 years ago and recently re-released, the album is a veritable time capsule of highly detailed compositions and virtuoso performances that blend elements of contemporary instrumental, jazz fusion, and new age music.  Far from sounding dated, the album holds up well, with no hint that it was not just recorded recently.  The music is adventurous, often exhilerating, and as compelling today as it was when it was first released. 

                                                                           Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus

"Sparkling and tuneful - a refreshing look back at a more freewheeling era in music.  I especially appreciated the rhythmic vitality of pieces that use odd time signatures without relying on drums.  I missed Air Craft the first time around, and I'm glad I've discovered it now."

                                                                          Jim Aiken, former Senior Editor, Keyboard Magazine