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Circle of Sound

by Autumn's Child Featuring Mark Holland

Mark Holland continues to showcase the versatility of the Native American Flute with this "covers project". Featuring select renditions of some classics from the sixties and seventies.
Genre: World: Native American
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1. Kashmir
Autumn's Child
6:42 album only
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2. Witchi-Tai-To
Autumn's Child
4:58 album only
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3. Fragile
Autumn's Child
4:18 album only
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4. Rolling Stones Medley
Autumn's Child
7:10 album only
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5. Summer Breeze
Autumn's Child
3:32 album only
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6. Hotel California
Autumn's Child
4:59 album only
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7. Moondance
Autumn's Child
4:51 album only
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8. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Autumn's Child
4:18 album only
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9. Can't Find My Way Home
Autumn's Child
4:33 album only
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10. All Along the Watchtower
Autumn's Child
3:12 album only
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11. Nights in White Satin
Autumn's Child
5:29 album only
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12. Dust in the Wind
Autumn's Child
4:14 album only
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13. Whole Earth Jam
Autumn's Child
15:06 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is a first time ever all covers cd for a native American flute ensemble. Holland has used individual cover songs from time to time on other Autumn's Child and/or Mark Holland cds. But this is the fist ever entire album of cover songs. It demonstrates that the flute is capable of stepping outside the "normal" setting for native flute. It has been said many times over that Mark Holland pushes the envelope when it comes to playing the native American style flute and how it can be used. This cd is no different and advances the flute to yet another possibility still celebrating the preservation of this instrument.

From a wonderful cd review of "Circle of Sound" in the publication, Overtones from the World Flute Society
by Dr. Kathleen Joyce - Grendahl. Here are some excerpts: "The Selection of songs on Circle of Sound is varied in mood and message. On each song, Mark metaphorically paints each musical note with a colorful, lush melodic brush giving each cover tune a new way to shine and sing, while still maintaining the integrity of the song's original version. He skillfully takes each song, blends in the Native American flute, and makes the songfresh and exhilarating. Mark's musical arrangements are first rate.This is not a fluffy cover tune cd. It is real, deep, and executed perfectly. Exceptional musicianship
permeates Circle of Sound. It is wonderful to hear music that has at it's foundation actual musicians plying their craft, allowing the listener to experience natural timbres plush with harmonics and overtones. This gives the listener an organic aural experience. This is absolutely the best cover tune cd I have ever experienced. This is an unequivocal win for Mark Holland and Autumn's Child. In truth there are very few flutists performing today who can play as flawlessly and fluidly as Mark. Mark plays with a refined legato articulation, an outstanding trademark of his style. It is interesting that many fine performers of the Native American flute create pleasing melodies and exhibit brilliant technique, but good articulation seems to be elusive in their playing. Much can be learned from closely listening to Mark's approach to flute articulation. (from the full cd review in Overtones, November 2013, Volume 3)

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Rick M

A Twist on Memory Lane
There is a fun new trend of bands releasing albums of cover songs these days. So when I saw Mark Holland was releasing a new album with his favorites from the 60's and 70's (and one from the eighties), I got excited. Mark's mission has always been to showcase the Native American Flute in many styles of music while remaining true to it's spirit. With this in mind Circle of Sound is a special treat. The album is loaded with top shelf musicians who are at the top of their game. Autumn's Child's take on these classic tunes is refreshing and unlike any other cover album out there.
Having seen Autumn's Child dozens of times over the years, I've seen most of these tunes live. I particularly recall the rousing applause for Kashmir and Knights in White Satin. I suggest you pick this disk up and let it take you back in history when music wasn't synthetic. One comment I have to make is that I'm shocked Mark didn't include a Frank Zappa tune on this! Autumn's Child makes it easy to support independent music with the quality products they consistently put out.
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Gantt Edmiston

Full Circle of Wonderful Sound
I have been a huge fan of Mark Holland and Autumn's Child, for several years. I've been to three of their concerts and love the pure sounds and life that Mark continues to produce with the native american flute. One of my previous favorites was their cover of Elton John's "Your Song" from the Instruments of Peace album. I was thrilled to hear of the latest compilation from Autumn's Child, "Circle of Sound", a full album of covers, most of which I already knew and loved. I've had this new album on full repeat for the last several days while I work at my desk, and it just keeps getting better. The Seals and Crofts, "Summer Breeze" cover, already a personally meaningful tune for me, is just mesmerizing. Van Morrison's "Moondance", an instrumental only cover, perfect for adding your own vocals, a real toe tapper! A lively version of "Hotel California", yet still haunting and soulful. George Harrison's, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", the cello and flute are absolutely perfect together. Mark really shows his mastery of the NAF on "Nights in White Satin". The ethereal "Dust in the Wind", by Kansas. I close my eyes, and I'm back in college. How many times have you bought an album, and you get, if lucky, two or three tracks that make it worth the purchase? This entire album has track, after track, after track of my favorites, updated with the exacting quality I have come to expect from Mark and Autumn's Child. I wasn't sure anyone could pull off The Stones, on a flute, but they did! The bonus track, Whole Earth Jam, is pure Autumn's Child goodness. This certainly makes my holiday shopping easy!
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