Monday, July 17, 2006

Mary Youngblood - Beneath The Raven Moon (2002)

Apparently the listening kiosks placed in Grand Canyon souvenir stores enticing shoppers to sample their CDs perform their magic very well because I easily succumbed to one of the offerings on their shelves, Beneath The Raven Moon by Mary Youngblood. This disc isn't something I would normally seek out on my own but the sticker on the wrapper advertising that Youngblood was a Grammy Award winner peaked my interest.

Beneath The Raven Moon is an almost totally instrumental album of Native Amercian flute music recorded by a musician who owns 125 different Native American wooden flutes. She plays ten just on this CD.

Youngblood, who is half Aleut and half Seminole, is considered to be a master of her instrument and the quality of her playing, composing, and arranging is very much evident. Her very quiet and appealing melodies have a slight jazz influence as well as touches of classical and ambient music. The sound is mostly pleasant, light, and mainstream. If she played a conventional flute the influence of Youngblood's heritage on her music wouldn't even be discussed.

The more accessible tracks such as "Walk With Me" are accompanied by bass and drums and a classical piece, "And We Can Love," has Youngblood accompanied by a string trio of cello, viola, and violin. "Within My Heart" has Youngblood soloing on the flute. No accompaniment is even necessary. The CD also features guitar, dulcimer, zither, mandolin and piano.

Each of the titles of the twelve tracks are a line in a poem Youngblood has written.

Youngblood has several CDs of her music that you can sample and purchase through Silver Wave Records and you should also check out her website.

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