2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition of Van's classic 1979 album featuring two previously unreleased bonus tracks: alternate versions of 'Steppin' Out Queen' and 'Troubadours'. Into The Music is a wonderfully diverse album, featuring some notable guests including Ry Cooder, Robin Williamson of the Incredible String Band, former James Brown saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and trumpeter and future soundtrack composer, Mark Isham. Includes original artwork and full lyrics to Van Morrison compositions 12 tracks.
Van Ruller has arranged the Joe Henderson pieces for guitar so beautifully. And it's a great trio. Although the music is extremely technically accomplished, you feel the emotion and mood of each piece comes first. Van Ruller has a unique sound, not really like any other jazz guitarist I know. Some tracks have a bitter-sweet yet peaceful vibe that reminds me more of Bill Evans' piano than other guitarists. There's Scofield-like dissonance, Jim Hall-like swing, Rosenwinkelesque moments, but really it's an original and wonderful record. I'm sure Joe Henderson would have loved it.