Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
Keyboardist Peter Buffett, son of famed investor Warren Buffett, distant cousin of Parrothead Jimmy Buffett, also has ties--strictly creative--to Mike Oldfield and other leading lights of the pre-techno school of progressi... more »
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Keyboardist Peter Buffett, son of famed investor Warren Buffett, distant cousin of Parrothead Jimmy Buffett, also has ties--strictly creative--to Mike Oldfield and other leading lights of the pre-techno school of progressive electronic music. This was apparent in his sterling 1987 debut, The Waiting, where Buffett extracts huge murals of color from his Synclavier by mixing ambience with mild aggression, then glazing it all with a thin patina of melancholy. Alas, no subsequent recording quite matched the original's cohesiveness--until this evolving project arrived 10 years later. Spirit Dance, which later spawned a stage production and live recording (Spirit), is Buffett's most persuasive treatment of a favorite theme: the survival of an honorable Native American spirit within a progress-at-any-cost culture. Contributors range from Chief Hawk Pope of the Ohio Shawnee (whose musical influence can be found on the Pocahontas soundtrack) to flautist Douglas Spotted Eagle to a German choir to inventive drummer Dan Chase, who earns co-songwriter credits on two of the disc's best moments--the groove-guided "An Eagle Above" and the title track, which cries out for a dance remix. Imaginative rhythms, atmospheric choral passages, judiciously positioned Native chant and drumming, articulate guitar work (from three guitarists) and splendid sound design from Buffett yields a hip, subdued, very appealing journey that concludes with its lone vocal track, a lovely, Tori Amos-like lament for the present. Worthwhile listening. --Terry Wood
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Susan E. Sincich | Pacific Northwest | 01/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Until I heard this music (on the PBS special), I had not been into Indian music. I purchased the CD immediately, and it's now what I put on when I want to feel inspired. The drumming is compelling; it inspires me to dance. More than once, it has moved me to tears."
A fantastic listen!
Patricia Laux | Neenah, WI USA | 06/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's just me, back again, to say that the CD more than lived up to my expectations. I get goose bumps each time I listen to Chief Hawkpope recite the tribes in track 2 - Hidden Heritage. I am eagerly waiting for the tickets to go on sale for the November performance - can't wait to see the performance again in person."
This a incredible recording
Patricia Laux | 10/15/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"after listening to this cd i remember the dances with wolves sound track and this seems to be along those lines. this however is incredible !, you can feel the spirit of the ghost dancers them selves. what a talented group of musicians MR.PETER BUFFET has put together. from playing the piano as a kid in nebraska and listening to music back then PETER BUFFET has evolved into a master of this genre. beautiful stuff !!!"