Jessita Reyes

Coyote Love Medicine

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From the cascading sound of the rainstick and the coyote howl of the flute that begins this tape to the log drum that ends it, Jessita Reyes takes us on a musical tour of the world of the southwestern Indians. This is not a tape for purists, as Reyes, a member of The Native Flute Ensemble, freely incorporates instruments unknown to the American Indian -- such as synthesizer, tambourine, cymbals, and the south-of-the-border rainstick. However, taking inspiration from the legendary coyote trickster, this 44-minute tape flows nicely between its numerous tracks, offering much variety and successfully evoking images of full-moon mesas and Native American ceremonies.