The straightforwardly named Tribal Winds: Music From Native American Flutes gathers 13 performances by Native American and Native American-inspired flutists such as Joseph Fire Crow, Keith Bear, and Bryan Akipa, most of which mix percussion, subtle synths, and nature recordings into the music. Fire Crow's "Creator's Prayer," Andrew Vasquez's "Eagle's Journey," Hawk Henries' "First Flight," and R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton's "Covenants Shared" are among the highlights of this collection, which fares best on simple, spare tracks such as William Guitierrez's "Song for Grandfather." Though this album weighs as slightly more contemporary than traditional, fans of both kinds of Native American music will find something to appreciate in Tribal Winds: Music From Native American Flutes, not the least of which is that a part of its proceeds go to the MFLP Foundation, which helps support the efforts of Native American intertribal organizations.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares