People of Peace

People of Peace

by R. Carlos Nakai


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People of Peace

Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai usually performs in traditional settings, but he occasionally branches out into more experimental and wide-ranging forms. People of Peace, officially credited to the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, is one of those experiments, a kind of Native American acid jazz. Although a few songs stay pretty close to Nakai's usual turf, like the near-solo "Trade Winds," on which his only accompaniment is Mary Redhouse's evocative wordless vocals, most of the album adds piano, synthesizers, bass, and percussion (traditional native instruments, Latin hand drums, trap kits, and beatboxes) to Nakai's reeds. Most albums in this style tend to sound like some bedroom DJ simply laid samples from an old traditional Native American record over some pre-programmed beats, but this is much more musically substantial, organic, and satisfying than that: on songs like the reflective "Kiva Smoke," Nakai's overdubbed flutes layer over Amo Chip Dabney's fluid piano improvisations with a relaxed grace. Though People of Peace may be too low-key -- that dreaded word "mellow" can be used without irony here -- for some, it's a very good example of the right way to do Native American fusion.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/04/2005
Label: Canyon Records
UPC: 0729337706927
catalogNumber: 7069

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R. Carlos Nakai   Primary Artist,Flute,Trumpet,Vocals,Native American Flute
Will Clipman   Percussion,Conga,Cymbals,Drums,Gong,Vocals,Bells,Balafon,Claves,Caxixi,Guiro,Water Drums,Angklung,Taos Drum,Udu
Mary Redhouse   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
AmoChip Dabney   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Various

Technical Credits

R. Carlos Nakai   Composer
Robert Doyle   Executive Producer
AmoChip Dabney   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jeffrey Nagy   Graphic Design

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