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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Douglas Spotted Eagle -- virtuoso Native American flute player and leader of the Native American Review performance group -- brings a hip, upbeat approach to Native music while honoring the depth of its spirit. VOICES floats in a world dreamy with chant and the whispers of ancestors, yet its rhythms groove to Native drums and the "phat" synthesized beats of the dance floor. Though you'll hear layers of electronica and atmospheric sonic effects, the album features live musicians playing flutes, guitars, sax, bass, Celtic harp, and percussion, as well as seven vocalists ranging in age from 9 to 103! who sing, chant, and offer prayers. Two songs, "My Little One" and "Nii' ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Douglas Spotted Eagle -- virtuoso Native American flute player and leader of the Native American Review performance group -- brings a hip, upbeat approach to Native music while honoring the depth of its spirit. VOICES floats in a world dreamy with chant and the whispers of ancestors, yet its rhythms groove to Native drums and the "phat" synthesized beats of the dance floor. Though you'll hear layers of electronica and atmospheric sonic effects, the album features live musicians playing flutes, guitars, sax, bass, Celtic harp, and percussion, as well as seven vocalists ranging in age from 9 to 103! who sing, chant, and offer prayers. Two songs, "My Little One" and "Nii' Di'in' Schlii," are directly inspired by the tragic suicide of Spotted Eagle's son -- touching, especially in light of the musician's activism on behalf of abused children. "Closer to Heaven" features the album's most moving track, a plaintive flute melody washed by soothing ocean surf. The military drums of "Red Storm Rising," however, rally waves of wailing guitars, growling basses, and rattle-laden war dancers. Native Americans have many voices, as Spotted Eagle shows us.
All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Native American music has its share of purists who play traditional acoustic Lakota, Sioux, Navajo, or Cherokee music the way their families have played it for generations. But there are also plenty of artists who have a more contemporary take on Native American music; one of them is flute player/guitarist Douglas Spotted Eagle, whose Voices combines Native American music with ambient, new age, and pop-jazz/NAC elements. While Eagle's haunting solos demonstrate that he knows a lot about traditional Native American flute playing, no one would mistake Voices for the work of a purist. Most of the selections are instrumental, although Voices detours into pop
ock-adult contemporary territory when vocalist Samantha Ward is featured on "We Are Still Here." On the whole, the material isn't remarkable -- interesting and enjoyable, but not remarkable. However, Eagle takes some chances here and there, and he deserves credit for doing his part to carry Native American music forward.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • UPC: 724384784027
  • Catalog Number: 47840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dances (6:04)
  2. 2 Voices (6:18)
  3. 3 My Little One (2:12)
  4. 4 Closer to Heaven (4:41)
  5. 5 Red Storm Rising (4:01)
  6. 6 Seneca Falls (3:13)
  7. 7 Beautiful, She Becomes (4:19)
  8. 8 Tears Alone (3:26)
  9. 9 Grandfather's Song (3:39)
  10. 10 Walk in Beauty (4:50)
  11. 11 I Miss You (4:02)
  12. 12 We Are Still Here (4:53)
  13. 13 I Miss You (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Douglas Spotted Eagle Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Native American Flute, Hand Drums
Herwin Begay Vocals
Lynelle Kirkwood celtic harp
Rob Greyhill Vocals
Wil Grimshaw Bass, Shaker
Herman Begay Vocals
Josh Wallentine Drums
Sean Halley Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar
Ken Kruckenberg Keyboards
Technical Credits
Douglas Spotted Eagle Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Vocal Arrangements
Matt Marshall Executive Producer
Dan Selene Executive Producer
Janet Wolsborn Art Direction
Michael Romanowski Mastering
Lynelle Kirkwood Harp Arrangement
Rob Greyhill Arranger, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Josh Wallentine Contributor
Ken Kruckenberg Engineer, Digital Editing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    i love all his cd's

    Hi my name is becky im a friend of douglas spotted eagle i have every cd made by him. I love all his cd's. He is a great performer when he comes to milwaukee at indiansummer festival. Spot if you read this i want you to know how much i enjoy your music. From douglas spotted eagles friend becky from Milwaukee wisconsin usa P.S. Douglas spotted eagle is a great friend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cd touches my heart

    this cd really touches my heart.In this cd you can really hear his emotion on i miss you songs.He is such a beautiful flute player i hope everyone enjoys this cd as much as i do

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i loved this cd

    i just loved this album because it just touches my heart.The way he plays his flute is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VOICES is a unique gem!

    VOICES is a colorful journey that represents a bridge between eras, a bridge between emotions, and a bridge between cultures. The recording is a multi-cultural, multi-genre, interdisciplinary experience. *** While listening to VOICES, I enjoy thoughts of nature, dance, military bands, Santana, and this land's glorious past (prior to 1492). The recording reminds me that I need to learn some Native lullabies. *** Each musician, singer and speaker performs with great skill. Participants from various age groups use Native American and European insturments to compliment words of wisdom spoken and sung in Navajo. *** The CD contains many peaceful, relaxing tunes (tracks 2-4, 6-10), but also ''Dance'' -- a song of great joy. ''I Miss You'' is the most emotional tune mainly because the instruments seem to ''speak'' in an audible human voice. They communicate loss and pain in a clear, passionate language. *** One of the surprises is ''We Are Still Here.'' This defiant claim of continued cultural existance is appropriately sung in English. It begins with a jazzy techno-urban beat, but adds a Native chant and instruments performing with high energy. *** ''Red Storm Rising'' is another wonderful surprise. This tune is a unique interplay between military drums, Native and non-Native percussion instruments, and Euro-Native sounds from an electric guitar. But it works! This dance tune will place you in an electrtonic pow-wow. *** I want to know more. I try to visualize people moving to ''Dance.'' I wonder how the ensemble would incorporate the sounds of the berimbau and the kora into a recording. I dream of the band and dancers collaborating with the Utah Symphony, the NY Philharmonic, and other orchestras. *** The Creator endowed Douglas Spotted Eagle with many talents and he uses them wisely. ***

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