Sam Rizzetta

Ocean's Edge

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Sam Rizetta is an odd crossbreed of Henry David Thereau, Charles Darwin, Pocahontas and Uncle Tupelo. He and his wife, Carrie, are biologists and naturalists as well as folk musicians, and they hand-make and design their own instruments (compact hammer dulcimers, fretted dulcimers, "Rizetta Extended Range" dulcimers, Butterfly harps, tubular bells, Native American flutes...). Their recordings are dedicated to the proposition that music all too often ignores the natural world. This album features two half-hour tracks, each full of authentic ocean sounds and casually meandering dulcimer and flute improvisations (decorated with chimes and other gentle percussion). The CD is perfect therapy for that headachy mood when one has had too many songs running through one's head for too long, and even the most divinely relaxing classical music has entirely too much melody to sooth one's brittle nerves.