Harold Budd, 2016

Basically, because of a pair of collaborations, both decades ago, many people still think of Harold Budd primarily as that 'guy who made a couple of records with Eno'. It's an enormously unfair assessment, not the least because those two albums sound more like Harold Budd's work than Brian Eno's. He has an extensive catalog, and a long list of collaborators. Budd shines best on solo piano, though. Keyboards let his plaintive minimalism backslide into new age drift too easily. The acoustic values of a piano introduces a needed tension. Notes are physically struck, chords sound less pillowy and more dissonant, the rests more loaded.