« on: March 29, 2008, 08:55:30 PM »
I would give the amateur answer that you already have his 2 best works, that of Planetary Unfolding and Encounter (but I've never heard his old stuff- Floating Whispers, Chronos, Plunge, etc). I'd probably check out his theme music next, especially Baraka, although other artists do contribute a few tracks to it. His collaboration with Steve Roach & Kevin Braheny called Desert Solitaire is a fine album, and the tracks that Stearns is on, sound like Michael Stearns- that's a good album if you enjoy his warm and powerful style.
Singing Stones and Kiva (another Roach collaboration) have some good music from what I can remember, but they are interlaced with Native American chanting tracks. I like some chanting, Tibetan monks for example, but Native American chanting is not my favorite to listen to on cd so anyway it wouldn't be my first choice. Also I know I've read that Sorceror and The Storm are more abstract works with more sound effects than melody, but I've heard the sound samples and it sounds pretty cool if not a terrifying ride...
I've always been curious about Floating Whispers, which pre-dates Planetary Unfolding I'm not mistaken. It might have the song Spanish Twilight on it, and if that's the one, that track is great, but I can't speak for the rest of it. Anyway, although they're not solo works, I'd say get Baraka and Desert Solitaire; they feature vintage Michael Stearns music.