Previously released in 1991 on cassette-only under Evening Mist, Sanctuary: Music from a Zen Garden from multi-talented flutist Riley Lee is a stunning look at the musician's dazzling skill of playing the shakuhachi. This flute, traditionally played by Japanese monks, bellows low and captures a deep mood throughout the release. It's enchanting, yet mysterious as Lee frolics with the ambience of sound itself. Pitches are light and flowing, soaring and brooding; an infinite calming presence. The overall sonic quality on Sanctuary is enjoyable, certainly a splendid and solid look at Lee's impeccable and ever-changing mastery.
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AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson