Desert Solitaire (album)

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Desert Solitaire
Studio album by Steve Roach, Kevin Braheny and Michael Stearns
Released 1989
Recorded at The Timeroom, Crystal Sound and M'Ocean Studios in Los Angeles, California
Genre Ambient
Length 65:12
Label Fortuna
Producer Steve Roach, Kevin Braheny, Michael Stearns, and Ethan Edgecombe
Steve Roach chronology
Desert Solitaire
Kevin Braheny chronology
(1988) Galaxies1988
Desert Solitaire
(1989) Desert Solitaire1989
Secret Rooms
(1990) Secret Rooms1990
Michael Stearns chronology
(1988) Encounter1988
Desert Solitaire
(1989) Desert Solitaire1989
(1992) Baraka1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Linda Kohanov favorable [2]

Desert Solitaire (1989) is a collaborative album by U.S. ambient musicians Steve Roach, Kevin Braheny, and Michael Stearns. This album was conceived as a follow up to Roach and Braheny's 1987 collaboration Western Spaces.

The music consists mostly of subtle electronic textures, tribal percussion and occasional soprano saxophone by Kevin Braheny.

The title of the album is named after the eponymous book by U.S. author Edward Abbey, who died the same year and to whom the album is dedicated.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Flatlands" (Roach) (4:49)
  2. "Labyrinth" (Sterns) (6:56)
  3. "Specter" (Roach) (9:34)
  4. "The Canyon's Embrace" (Roach, Stearns) (3:35)
  5. "Cloud of Promise" (Roach, Stearns) (6:38)
  6. "Knowledge & Dust" (Braheny) (3:23)
  7. "Shiprock" (Stearns) (4:00)
  8. "Highnoon" (Roach, Stearns) (10:30)
  9. "Empty Time" (Braheny) (5:51)
  10. "From the Heart of Darkness" (Stearns) (3:50)
  11. "Desert Solitaire" (Roach, Braheny) (6:06)



  • Chuck Oken, Jr. (shakers on “Flatlands”)
  • Robert Rich (dumbek and gourd drums on “Specter”)
  • Goergianne Cowan (voice on “Specter”)
  • Miguel Rivera (effects and ghost percussion on “Labyrinth” and “From the Heart of Darkness”)
  • Leonice Shinneman (percussion, pakhawaj, manjerra, African berimbau, melodic rattle, claves on “Empty Time”)
  • Hyman Katz (flute on “From the Heart of Darkness”)


  1. ^ "Desert Solitaire". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  2. ^ October 1989