CD Reviews

Surman - The American Album

The American Album Centaur CRC 3525 Patricia Surman, flute Kostas Chardas, piano Dr. Patricia Surman, who has recently joined the faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver, has released a stunning album of American works on Centaur Records. The composers represented on this album span the entire 20th century into the 21st century. I especially appreciated the...

Möst - Accento Austria

Accento Austria (Gramola 99100) Elisabeth Möst, flute, Maroje Brčić, guitar   Flutist Elisabeth Möst and guitarist Maroje Brčić have presented a lovely collection of works that span nineteenth- and twentieth-century Austria. While the majority of the works on this album were written in the twentieth-century, two were written by composers whose lives span the eighteenth- and...

Clark - SoundTracked

Stephen Clark, flute Los Angeles Screen Orchestra and Chorus Album Title: SoundTracked Album Label:  Voyage Records BMPCD214 Pirates of the Caribbean (He’s A Pirate) – Hans Zimmer Lord of the Rings (In Dreams) – Howard Shore
The Bourne Identity (Main Theme) – John Powell Ladies in Lavender (Main Theme) – Nigel Hess Braveheart (For the Love...

Gori - The Electric Flute

The Electric Flute (MGMusic 01) Michele Gori, flutes, effects, loop station Beat 70 – P. Metheny Danse de la Chèvre – A. Honegger Just Blues – M. Gori Summertime – G. Gershwin Pièce – J. Ibert N⁰24 – M. Gori Château Rouge – M. Gori Highway – M. Gori xniryS – M. Gori   Michele Gori’s...

Shim - Pheromone

Pheromone Aerocade Music, AM001 Meerenai Shim, flute Jacob Abela, piano Eli Fieldsteel – Fractus III: Aerophoneme for Flute and Live Electronics Gregory C. Brown – Huge Blank Canvas Neck Tattoo for Alto Flute & Digital Delay Emma O’Halloran – Pencilled Wings for Flute, Piano, and Stereo Playback Douglas Laustsen – 60.8% for Bass Flute and...

Walker - Finchcocks Schubertiade

This is a fascinating album by Elizabeth Walker and Richard Shaw. They have recorded a collection of 19th century works by Franz Schubert and Theobald Boehm (based on a Schubert waltz) on instruments of that time period; one of these works was arranged by Walker. The result is a fascinating peek back in history to...

McBirnie - Grain of Sand

Grain of Sand represents the second collaboration between Canadian jazz flutist Bill McBirnie and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Jones. On this recording, Jones serves as composer, vocalist, performer, arranger, and engineer. They collaborate on original works, which range in style from ambient to bossa nova. Jones, who was raised in Brazil, brings this musical influence to his...

RighteousGIRLS - gathering blue

gathering blue, the debut album by New York-based RighteousGIRLS — flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi — features works by nine new music and jazz composers. This album seems less a collection of disparate works and more a cohesive experience, as the occasional interlude and the postlude help to thread each piece together.  ...

Osner - Unbound

In this collection, Elise Osner presents us with a lovely collection of music for Native American flute that she composed herself; she states in her liner notes that this music is “often received as a gift rather than created.” She further explains that much of the music has come from the beach or the mountains....

Bevani - Sacred Songs Within

This album by Bevani, who describes herself as a classical crossover artist, features twelve perfectly pleasant tracks. Bevani is based in Seattle and teaches lessons as well as plays around town. The tracks on this album are all played with synthesized backing, which was arranged by Bevani and Jeremy Gordon. There is a consistency about...