Yeah Reich definitely came to mind too
Posted by Pugeye on November 3, 2018, 9:43 am, in reply to "First of all
Only familiar with his "18 Musicians" and "Desert Music" albums though and have heard either in awhile. I appreciate guys like him and Philip Glass more than I enjoy listening to them and feel like one's mileage for this particular style of ECM may vary depending on one's ability to enjoy those types of minimalist composers. I prefer my minimalism to have more bells and whistles (not necessarily literally nyuk nyuk) which a part of the reason Moondog has always been my guy. And Moondog obviously has a strong jazz influence as well so while I'm not sure which if any of Reich's principles were utilized by Mr. Hardin, I think his stuff is a better example of the combination you're talking about, though it's probably be more accurate to describe Moondog as applying principles developed in jazz (sense of swing, certain harmonic motifs etc) to modern minimalist composition.
"New agey" is admittedly a pretty vague term that can mean a lot of different things. One of the first things that came to mind was the piano-dominated sound on Popol Vuh's "Hosianna Mantra" album, which probably isn't one of the first things that springs to mind when you think of new age music. I mean, aside from Mike Oldfield's 2 most popular albums, the krautrock variations on "new age" are really my only reference point, so the term wasn't meant to be quite as dirty as you or Oleg might have thought, even if the style isn't typically my cuppa tea.