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by The Maldonados

On his fourth album Alex Maldonado teams with Nick Maldonado and Ike Bucher as The Maldonados to create the powerful new album PATH, the story of a young man running head first into adulthood, Path is his journey into spirituality, love, and old age.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Path
2:02 $0.99
2. Cut and Run
5:23 $0.99
3. The Soothsayer
5:48 $0.99
4. The Rose
5:22 $0.99
5. We Engage
5:05 $0.99
6. Discounting the Mystic
4:12 $0.99
7. Walking With Purpose
4:33 $0.99
8. Unburdened Shoulders
5:04 $0.99
9. This Old Horse
5:45 $0.99
10. On the Move
4:40 $0.99
11. This Old Man
5:19 FREE
12. Native Beat
5:54 $0.99
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On his fourth album, his first in 9 years, Alex Maldonado teams with Nick Maldonado and Ike Bucher as The Maldonados to create the powerful new album PATH. Following the story of a young man running head first into adulthood, Path is his journey into spirituality, love, and old age. "I love the idea of a linear story told through wordless music." says Nick Maldonado, son of acclaimed Native American Flautist Alex Maldonado. Wanting to recreate the thrill and spontaneity of their live performances, the Maldonado's decided to record everything in one take. Finding the right space at The Saltmine in Mesa, AZ, they were able to set up the two handmade drum sets face to face for recording. "I wanted to be able to play off of each other. We'd give a nod or throw out a flourish and really just get the most out of our recording experience." says Alex Maldonado. Alex himself has two album that have been nominated by the Native American Music Awards, one of which being an Independent release.
"We've been playing versions of some of these songs for years, in one way or another. The majority of them never had an actual name, just a rhythm. When we sat down to figure out what they all should be is when I was able to weave a story around each beat." The album tells the story of a man from burgeoning adulthood through an assortment of important episodes in his life, leading up to the final track , Native Beat, which is a journey through Native Music all on its own. "When we first did the song, we were still performing with my sister who would dance and play flute. We wrote it to show an evolution in our music, starting with the classic heartbeat and ending with a more contemporary, heart-pounding style."
The idea of using two drummers came from Alex needing a drummer while Nick had a child. He met Ike through his art, and a conversation later they decided to jam together and shortly after invited Ike to perform with him. Ike Bucher has been a drummer for most of his life, and was more than happy to get behind the drum set on stage again. When Nick was ready to come back, the three decided to work together whenever possible. "With both sets, to me it adds some more depth and urgency to the songs. That raised pulse feeling. And I love it." says Nick. "Ike's been drumming for so long, he makes me want to practice more to keep up. He's got about 40 years on me so I don't want to mess up in front of him. Makes me try harder."
For Path, The Maldonados play mostly instruments made by Alex. Making both drum sets in a native style but set in the rock drum kit format, they were able to keep the Pow Wow drum sound. The flutes Alex plays are a mixture of ones he made, (like the low toned Cedar heard flute in the opening track The Path) and ones he's received through trades from other makers (like the Purple Heart flute heard in Discounting the Mystic) with only one exception. "I found this five dollar, wooden, mass produced flute in one of those Indian trading post and figured if anything i could use it on stage as a joke. In the end it was probably one of the best mass produced flutes I've ever used." The flute is heard in We Engage.
As their first collective recording, and the first for both Nick and Ike, the Maldonados can't wait to record again. Look for them to be performing sometime in the Southwest.



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