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Icarus by Paul Winter
Released: Mar 1973
Label: Epic
Talk about your genre-defining albums: the George Martin-produced Icarus finds the Winter Consort fusing West Coast jazz, modern classical, folk-pop and world music. In the process, they're helping invent the New Age. But what makes this 1972 album so special is its ability to balance warmth and space with sonic exploration. This isn't your typical Yanni snooze-fest; although meditative, the Consort explores some heady, Indian-inspired jams, namely the gorgeous "Ode to a Fillmore Dressing Room."
Justin Farrar