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Natural Causes

Steve Tibbetts: Natural Causes

“…this is the sound of music contemplating itself.” Jazz Times



Chöying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts: Selwa

“…a heartbreakingly stunning record… If two worlds have ever met without cliché, Selwa is the language they will speak.”


A Man About A Horse

Cover for "A Man About A Horse"
“Pure audio ecstasy.” Audiophile January 2003 Disc of the Month

“Brilliant, individual musicmaking.” BBC



Å by Steve Tibbetts

It is rare that one finds a recording like no other: music with such a unique texture and sensibility that it offers a new landscape for the mind.  This is music deeply rooted in a place, even if that place is ephemeral. Remarkable. All Music Guide

Like fishermen slowly freezing to death. Straits Times, Singapore 6/99
Like fiddler Vassar Clements playing an Indian raga after his dog has died.



Chö by Chöying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts

At times, hearing the group chant together is like being present at the creation of something fragile and miraculous. The Philadelphia Inquirer

If any one album deserves to be seen as the world music discovery of the year, it is this haunting collection of tranquil, meditative chants from the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet. Essex Newspapers


The Fall of Us All

The Fall of Us All by Steve Tibbetts

(4 1/2 stars) …his best and wildest work … the clearest, most concentrated version of his ideas to date. Downbeat
(4 stars) Rolling Stone
(4 stars) …his solos fracture every guitar cliche. The Philadelphia Inquirer

Veering from ambient dreamscapes to violent, post-industrial rave-ups, from spellbinding acoustic webwork to apocalyptic electric fretburn, this album is an emotional and sonic tour-de-force. It’s hard to imagine a more cliche-free player. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Guitar Player

Big Map

Big Map by Steve Tibbetts

(Four 1/2 stars) This is dream music. Downbeat


Exploded View

Exploded View by Steve Tibbetts, Marc Anderson, Marcus Wise, Bob Hughes, Claudia Schmidt

(Five stars)  Steve Tibbetts seems intent on producing music that doesn’t have a name. Downbeat

… his broken-glass approach to electric is utterly incendiary. Musician


Safe Journey

Safe Journey by Steve Tibbetts

… a kind of ambient Electric Ladyland–it liquefies the expressionist pastels of post-Eno art rock with crystalline Oregon-like folk impressions and startling streaks of heavy acid wail. Musician

Record of the Month April 1984  Stereoplay (Germany)


Northern Song

The CD "Northern Song"
Those who can allow themselves to be transported in the few moments a struck chord endures against the power of silence should find it captivating. Stereo Review



Yr by Steve Tibbetts

… a masterpiece of brilliant guitar orchestration and multi-track sorcery– acoustic ragas spiked by Hendrixian banshee screams, overdubbed choral riffing erected into high cathedral spires. Rolling Stone


Album #l

Album #1 by Steve Tibbetts
A deluge of cryptic beauty. I/E

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