Autumn's Child

Four Winds: The Collection 1998-2003

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FOUR WINDS: THE COLLECTION brings together 15 tracks recorded between 1998 and 2002 by Autumn's Child, one of the musical projects of Native American flautist Mark Holland. Holland's explorations are always interesting in that they encompass the traditional sounds and moods of Native American woodwinds. At the same time, Holland reaches out to different genres, including world music, jazz, and acoustic ambient, creating music that is as unique as it is relaxing.

Holland is joined here by a variety of musicians, including guitarists, keyboard players, and auxiliary percussionists, among others. Titles like "Moonlight on Chautaqua" and "Ghost Hawk Dancing" evoke Holland's Native American themes, while "Birdsong Rising" and "Row of White Trees" paint gorgeous, naturalistic tableaus. The genre-blending never sounds jarring or forced. The dominant mood here is tranquil and soothing throughout, making FOUR WINDS a perfect complement to meditation and relaxation at any level, in addition to its function as an Autumn's Child sampler.

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