"Places In Arizona" was named as "one of the best releases of 2002" by Wind and Wire, the electronic music EMagazine broadly covering the ambient music genre. An Arizona native, Joe Jakob, a.k.a Mr. Soon, has notably worked with Grammy Award winning Native American artists Verdell Primeaux and Johnny Mike, mixing traditional peyote healing chants with subtly powerful atmospherics.
Featured on PBS radio stations across the US on John Diliberto's syndicated radio show "Echoes", KXLU FM on the long running "Alien Air Music" show hosted by Pat Murphy. KCRW (LA): "Morning Becomes Eclectic", "Blueprint", "Pop Secret", "Broadband" and "Weekend Becomes Eclectic". Online play includes "Wind and Wire" and "Aural Innovations".
from Bill Binkelman / Wind & Wire radio:
"Without a doubt, one of the top releases of 2002 and, as far as I'm concerned, a must have for serious lovers of the broad category of music that is labeled ambient these days."
from Mark Teppo / Earpollution online magazine:
"We need documents like this for every region of the world, recordings which translate space into sound, turning vistas and landscapes into symphonic explorations of ambient music and rhythm. Places in Arizona captures the heat coming off the rock in the deserts of the American Southwest as well as recording the history which has passed over these stones. Mr. Soon has done a remarkable job and Places in Arizona is the closest you can get to the Arizona desert without having to worry about sunstroke or ornery Gila monsters."
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4. Gila Bend
6. Highway 2
8. Second Mesa
10. Low Mountain
12. Echo Canyon
13. Paradise Valley