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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
This is Nicholas Gunn's second "Grand Canyon Suite." Rather than portray the explosive rainstorms, radiant dawns, and braying donkeys of Ferde Grofé's orchestral classic, the multi-instrumentalist portrays the warmth of the rocks, the dramatic wildlife, and the area's Native American and Spanish heritage, creating his own, very personal impressions of the expansive vistas. Many of the melodies take on the warm patina of Gunn's flutes, played in both the Western and the Native American styles. Native American culture is aptly represented with chants, rattles, and the sounds of village life. The drums are frequent reminders of this heritage, but they are also used to pace...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
This is Nicholas Gunn's second "Grand Canyon Suite." Rather than portray the explosive rainstorms, radiant dawns, and braying donkeys of Ferde Grofé's orchestral classic, the multi-instrumentalist portrays the warmth of the rocks, the dramatic wildlife, and the area's Native American and Spanish heritage, creating his own, very personal impressions of the expansive vistas. Many of the melodies take on the warm patina of Gunn's flutes, played in both the Western and the Native American styles. Native American culture is aptly represented with chants, rattles, and the sounds of village life. The drums are frequent reminders of this heritage, but they are also used to pace the music, sometimes representing rushing water in "The Crossing" and other natural elements. "The Greatest Wonder" is a passionate Spanish song about feeling the power of the canyon's tranquility and spirit, sung by Peter Marmentini. Cellist Sachi Patitucci offers many moving and lyrical moments on "Cottonwood Camp" and "Angel's Window," a loving anthem for this magnificent wilderness. Partial proceeds from artist sales of this recording will be donated to the preservation of the Grand Canyon.
All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Anyone who has been to the Grand Canyon knows that no words, painting, or music can perfectly capture the experience. And yet the talented composer/flutist/synthesist, who began his extremely successful new age career in 1993 contemplating an Afternoon in Sedona, does his best to convey his own heartfelt experiences. Wonderfully mixing his melodic flute musings, gentle synth weavings and orchestrations, and very authentic Native American percussion, he scored big on Real Music with The Music of the Grand Canyon. One gets the idea, though, that this project wasn't just created as a commercial boost to launch his association with a new label. It's clear from the love and care that he, his keyboardist wife Cheryl, and guests like violinist Karen Briggs put into this travelogue that the canyon is a place that speaks to his deepest soul. He begins the title track with soaring, gentle synth strings over a subtle, building percussion bed and live soundscape recordings of the region, then eases in a soaring flute line whose lightness creates a contrast with the more ominous tones of the drums. The best tracks are "Flight of the Condor," which weaves flute, percussion, and the intense, powerful energy of Briggs' violin, and "Havasu Falls," which begins with a recording of the falls themselves, then ventures into a lively tune featuring a hypnotic and spirited swirling dance between flute and piano. It's well worth this return visit, and it's a great listen for both nature lovers who have been there, and those who haven't but need assistance as they imagine one of the planet's most amazing natural works of art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2002
  • Label: Gemini Sun Records
  • UPC: 753223402020
  • Catalog Number: 4020

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Performance Credits
Nicholas Gunn Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Bongos, Ocarina, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Bass Recorder, tin whistle, Bamboo Flute, Clay Flute, Guitar Effects, Pan Pipes, Bamboo Coche, Bamboo Whistle
Karen Briggs Violin
Govi Acoustic Guitar
Sachi Patitucci Cello
Cheryl Gunn Synthesizer, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Conga, Vocals, Guitar Effects
Andy Abad Sampled Guitar
Technical Credits
Nicholas Gunn Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Bass Programming, Guitar Programming
Doerte Lau Art Direction
Cheryl Gunn Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Guitar Programming, Location Recording
Brad Vance Mastering
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