Great Southwest

Performers Nicholas Gunn

PGI | April 24, 2001 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Nicholas Gunn (vocals, flute, synthesizer, percussion); Cheryl Gunn (vocals, synthesizer, percussion); Zavier, Govi, Andy Abad-Garcia (guitar); Karen Briggs (violin).
All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-bit digital technology.
Personnel: Nicholas Gunn (vocals, flute, synthesizer, percussion); Cheryl Gunn (vocals, synthesizer, percussion); Govi, Andy Abad (guitar); Karen Briggs (violin).
Audio Mixer: Nicholas Gunn.
Recording information: Gemini Sun Records.
Photographer: Michael Fatali.
Arrangers: Cheryl Gunn; Nicholas Gunn.
From listening to the amazing native vibes, joyful flute musings, and sweeping soundscapes of this popular new age artist over the last decade, there's no way you'd suspect he was born in England and makes his home in Southern California; he sounds totally steeped in the canyons and red rocks of the Southwest. And he's enjoyed taking his listeners for winding joyrides through the rugged landscape since Afternoon in Sedona was released in 1993. This is a wondrous retrospective of his six recordings, featuring familiar songs, reworkings of a few classics, and two brand new tracks. Those two fit in seamlessly into the unwinding journey. "The Grand Circle" opens with Gunn's gentle flute floating atop hypnotic tribal rhythms, a sea of nature sounds (the birdcalls are most prominent), and what sounds like a gentle choir of angels. The tune becomes more percussive, almost sounding like a naturally created "house" record due to the intensity of the rhythmic pattern. "Riverside Walk" is a bit lighter and more whimsical, with his flute winding over a loping flamenco guitar swirl and swaying rhythmic pattern. Other songs include "Entering Twin Falls" (which features the sonic effects of thunder and falling water), "Earth Story" (a feisty flamenco gem), "New World," "Traveler," "Horseshoe Mesa," and "Flight of the Condor." "Condor" features the dramatic and passionate violin soloing of Karen Briggs, which creates an exciting contrast to Gunn's gentle flute amidst a booming percussive landscape. Because his albums have been on different labels (and this collection is on his own label, distributed by Paras Group International), there's no track-by-track listing pointing the listener to the original recordings where each piece can be found. Still, Gunn has created an impressive career by musically chronicling his favorite territory, and this collection is sort of the ultimate Greatest Hits of the Southwest. ~ Jonathan Widran

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 24, 2001

Genre: Flute

Style: New Age

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: PGI

UPC: 650113800129

Found in: Flute

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Great Southwest

Performers Nicholas Gunn

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 24, 2001

Genre: Flute

Style: New Age

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: PGI

UPC: 650113800129


Title Track Time
1.Entering Twin Falls --
2.Grand Circle, The --
3.Earth Story --
4.New World --
5.Crossroads --
6.Traveler --
7.Tale of Two Lovers --
8.Forever --
9.Horseshoe Mesa --
10.Idigo Skies --
11.Riverside Walk --
12.Flight of the Condor --
13.Place in My Heart, A --

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Personnel: Nicholas Gunn (vocals, flute, synthesizer, percussion); Cheryl Gunn (vocals, synthesizer, percussion); Zavier, Govi, Andy Abad-Garcia (guitar); Karen Briggs (violin).
All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-bit digital technology.
Personnel: Nicholas Gunn (vocals, flute, synthesizer, percussion); Cheryl Gunn (vocals, synthesizer, percussion); Govi, Andy Abad (guitar); Karen Briggs (violin).
Audio Mixer: Nicholas Gunn.
Recording information: Gemini Sun Records.
Photographer: Michael Fatali.
Arrangers: Cheryl Gunn; Nicholas Gunn.
From listening to the amazing native vibes, joyful flute musings, and sweeping soundscapes of this popular new age artist over the last decade, there's no way you'd suspect he was born in England and makes his home in Southern California; he sounds totally steeped in the canyons and red rocks of the Southwest. And he's enjoyed taking his listeners for winding joyrides through the rugged landscape since Afternoon in Sedona was released in 1993. This is a wondrous retrospective of his six recordings, featuring familiar songs, reworkings of a few classics, and two brand new tracks. Those two fit in seamlessly into the unwinding journey. "The Grand Circle" opens with Gunn's gentle flute floating atop hypnotic tribal rhythms, a sea of nature sounds (the birdcalls are most prominent), and what sounds like a gentle choir of angels. The tune becomes more percussive, almost sounding like a naturally created "house" record due to the intensity of the rhythmic pattern. "Riverside Walk" is a bit lighter and more whimsical, with his flute winding over a loping flamenco guitar swirl and swaying rhythmic pattern. Other songs include "Entering Twin Falls" (which features the sonic effects of thunder and falling water), "Earth Story" (a feisty flamenco gem), "New World," "Traveler," "Horseshoe Mesa," and "Flight of the Condor." "Condor" features the dramatic and passionate violin soloing of Karen Briggs, which creates an exciting contrast to Gunn's gentle flute amidst a booming percussive landscape. Because his albums have been on different labels (and this collection is on his own label, distributed by Paras Group International), there's no track-by-track listing pointing the listener to the original recordings where each piece can be found. Still, Gunn has created an impressive career by musically chronicling his favorite territory, and this collection is sort of the ultimate Greatest Hits of the Southwest. ~ Jonathan Widran
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