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Longtime collaborators R. Carlos Nakai Native American flute, Will Clipman percussion, and William Eaton harp guitar are joined here by Tibetan flutist and vocalist Nawang Khechog for a bracing East-meets-West session of strings, chants, and winds. In a Distant Place sees the musicians cross into jazz territory, and the resulting dissonance and experimentalism may be a little unfamiliar to those listeners used to zoning out on Nakai's soft solo albums. Yet Khechog's flutes and vocals are nearly as buttery in tone as Nakai's, giving the album a rich depth, while William Eaton's wide array of custom-designed guitars adds a piquant twang. His insistent strings pulse ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Longtime collaborators R. Carlos Nakai Native American flute, Will Clipman percussion, and William Eaton harp guitar are joined here by Tibetan flutist and vocalist Nawang Khechog for a bracing East-meets-West session of strings, chants, and winds. In a Distant Place sees the musicians cross into jazz territory, and the resulting dissonance and experimentalism may be a little unfamiliar to those listeners used to zoning out on Nakai's soft solo albums. Yet Khechog's flutes and vocals are nearly as buttery in tone as Nakai's, giving the album a rich depth, while William Eaton's wide array of custom-designed guitars adds a piquant twang. His insistent strings pulse rhythmically on "My Wild Heart Sings," with solo runs ricocheting stereophonically; udu drum, bass, and swirling wind sounds then propel the tempo upward as background chants and brassy Tibetan bells give the piece a religious ambience. Khechog sings four Tibetan prayers, including the rousing "Prayer for the New Millennium." Thunderous bass drum and the elephantine calls of the Tibetan trumpet raise it to thrilling heights as Nakai's small whistle sounds like a bird in a nearby tree and Eaton's guitars string stars through the heavens. "Dream Catcher" starts out in Nakai's customary canyon echo terrain, but Clipman soon picks up the pace with smart slaps on the djembe drum. The title track is an energetic musical prayer honoring the Dalai Lama, with two flutes riding polyrhythmic patterns of synth guitar and bass like a pair of eagles playing along wind currents. The album's more soothing moments allow you to laze back and look at passing clouds, but like the strong drumbeat on "As Long as the Grass Grows," In a Distant Place has a heartfelt mission of active compassion. "Barbarians at the Gate," with its war drums, grunts, trumpets, cymbals, and fuzz guitar, ends the set on a vigorous note.
All Music Guide - Peggy Latkovich
R. Carlos Nakai has made a career of weaving his soulful flute playing into the music of many talented collaborators. On this release, he teams up with Tibetan avant-garde flutist Nawang Khechog. The two traditions, Tibetan and Native American, mesh together well. Both styles have a breathy, ethereal quality that lends itself to soaring improvisation. It is that very quality that is the blessing and curse of this disc. While both men are accomplished musicians, what they have created here lacks direction. It often drifts off into a new age spaciness, awash in harmonic and thematic cliché. They are ably, if somewhat predictably accompanied by guitarist William Eaton and percussionist Will Clipman, both longtime Nakai colleagues. What sets this work apart from other Nakai outings are four tracks on which Khechog chants Tibetan prayers under the diaphanous washes of sound. It's all very meditative and probably perfect background music for a yoga class. Unfortunately, the opportunity to do something really original and groundbreaking was missed here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2000
  • Label: Canyon Records
  • UPC: 729337704220
  • Catalog Number: 7042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Gathering of Eagles - Will Clipman (7:50)
  2. 2 Aspen Wind - Will Clipman (3:49)
  3. 3 Tibetan Turquoise - Will Clipman (4:56)
  4. 4 My Heart Sings - Will Clipman (7:59)
  5. 5 Prayer for the New Millennium - Will Clipman (8:56)
  6. 6 Riding the Wind - Will Clipman (5:46)
  7. 7 Dream Catcher - Will Clipman (4:00)
  8. 8 In a Distant Place - Will Clipman (3:58)
  9. 9 Dwelling in the Garden - Will Clipman (7:29)
  10. 10 A Song for My People - Will Clipman (4:37)
  11. 11 As Long as the Grass Grows - Will Clipman (6:18)
  12. 12 Barbarians at the Gate - Will Clipman (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
R. Carlos Nakai Primary Artist
Technical Credits
William Eaton Producer
R. Carlos Nakai Producer
Robert Doyle Executive Producer
Nawang Khechog Producer
Will Clipman Producer
Jack Miller Engineer, Mastering
Anthony Wakeman Producer
Lisa Minker Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of many Nakai CDs in my collection

    Have numerous CDs with include R. Carlos Nakai as either a soloishs or part of a group. Admit I prefer CDs like this where he is part of a group as compared to his solo CDs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    path of spirit

    Nakai and company are entering a distant place with this CD. I am happy to see these artist on this graceful path of spirit.

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    Posted October 18, 2010

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