Rides The Wind

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This wonderful tape of Native American flute music is a prayer in honor of the earth and her creatures. Though Caucasian by birth, Wolf was adopted by the Crow tribe and learned the art of flute-making from an Arisnabe elder, Hollis Little Creek, to whom one of the pieces here is dedicated. The first half, also subtitled the "Father Side," uses natural sounds -- such as howling wind, wolf cries, a bubbling creek and buffalo voices -- to provide the settings for Wolf's melodies. The second or "Mother Side" features two flute solos -- including some marvelous birdlike swoops and trills on "Mourning Dove Song" -- framed by two duets with classical guitarist Patrick Ki. The flutes used on this recording were all handcrafted by the artists involved. Wolf is a skilled player whose tunes honor the sacred ceremonial function of the Native American flute as he Rides the Wind in remembrance of the Great Spirit, inviting the opening heart to follow.