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R. Carlos Nakai

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. He began his musical studies on the trumpet, but a car accident ruined his embouchure. Years later his musical interests took a turn when he was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to maser it. As an artist, he is an adventurer and risk ... Read more in Amazon's R. Carlos Nakai Store

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  • Audio CD (August 3, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Canyon Records
  • ASIN: B00000JNKI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Inner Voices
2. Canyon Reverie
3. Winter Solstice
4. 12/20/82 Song
5. Amazing Grace
6. Daybreak Vision
7. Kokopelli Wind
8. Songs For The Morning Star
9. Catfish Muse
10. Woodsong

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Inner Voices presents the haunting flute melodies of R. Carlos Nakai with the richness of a string ensemble in new arrangements of Nakai's melodies. The evocative power of the traditional flute is enhanced by the lush harmonies of violin, viola, cell and double bass in arrangement by two-time Grammy Award winner, Billy Williams. Williams' arrangements create a tranquil soundscape for the mellow tone of Nakai's flute that takes the listener on a meditative and peaceful journey into the inner world of memory and dreams. The ten songs include eight melodies drawn from earlier albums plus a luminescent rendition of the eternally popular Amazing Grace. A haunting solo for bass traditional flute rounds out the album.

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With Inner Voices, R. Carlos Nakai revisits some familiar ground with new renditions of previously recorded material. Here the Native American flautist-composer's deeply resonant tones are countered and buoyed by Billy Williams's gently majestic arrangements consisting of violin, viola, cello, and bass. The title cut comes from 1998's Mythic Dreamer yet here takes on a more classic feel. The orchestra employs restrained and thoughtful strings, which in turn echo the melody line, play opposite Nakai for a grounded effect, and embolden the composition with gorgeously understated flourishes such as a low cello rumble or a slightly dissonant violin fill. On other standouts such as "12/20/82 Song" and "Winter Solstice," both on Changes, the artist's debut recording, Nakai's cedar flute beckons a return to balance, growth, and healing. The traditional hymn "Amazing Grace," having earlier appeared on Emergence, here becomes an aural blessing, as Williams's sweeping arrangements recall America's great Western plains and Nakai's melody floats above as an eagle on strong wind. --Paige La Grone

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Thank you for sharing your beautiful and inspiring music with us..
Lucinda Watrous
Very relaxing & calming music to fall asleep by or any time you need to just relax and be calm.
Mary Lois Kanatzar
I came upon this CD by accident and I am so glad to have found it.
Karin J.H. Cook

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Native American flute is a medium that, I have found, is either loved or hated. Proponents love the mellow woody voice of the flute and it nostalgic appeal. But I have found that those with whom I have shared my classic Nakai renditions and who don't find Native American flute appealing complain that there is no "accompaniment" in the form of strings and other conventional instruments. Frankly I love the sound of the flute for its own sake but recognize that we are acclimated to a more predictable musical presentation.
Inner Voices is the perfect compromise for those who want to enjoy Native American flute in a more conventional musical presentation. It is the perfect initial Native American flute album purchase. This album is wonderful! I find it the perfect companion for a placid meditation or for the drive home to wind down from a stressful day.
Once you make Inner Voices a part of your collection you will likely be ready for one of Nakai's many other beautiful recordings.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Canham on April 21, 2000
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This CD was one of the best purchases I've made in a long time. The peacefulness of Nakai's music calms the inner spirit and relaxes the body. I especially enjoyed the haunting melodies that reminded me of the beauty and peace of the Arizona desert. The music flows smoothly from one melody to another as Carlos encorporates the beauty of strings with the poignancy of the Native American flute.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bhgal on May 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have always enjoyed Nakai's music and have many of his recordings. This one is by far my favorite though. The blending of the Native flute and the strings is absolutely beautiful. It is relaxing and moving and peaceful and uplifting all at the same time - I love it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marie Santiago on May 29, 2002
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When I was in Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, I went into the visitor center and heard one of the most haunting melodies I had ever heard. It was "Inner Voices". It captivated me so that I had to buy the CD right then and there. I rode through the canyons with the music on and I felt as if the Earth itself was singing to me and calling to my spirit. It was magical. I hear it often and it sends me back to those canyons that call me, as well to the Southwest that I love so.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karin J.H. Cook on March 6, 2000
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Who would have thought traditional string and native flute would marry so well! I came upon this CD by accident and I am so glad to have found it. After listening to the CD I read reviews that are less than complimentary of the Mr. Nakai. Anyone who creates such beautiful music is a gift to all. It's unclear to me why people would slander the man's personality so..perhaps a man misunderstood. I know I'm grateful for his gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 13, 2004
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R. Carlos Nakai, the preeminent Native American flutist, offers traditional music performed on Native American flute and the result is nothing short of spectacular. And you thought Amazing Grace was a classic only when performed on bagpipe? Nakai will change your mind with his rendition of the classic.
For the listener who isn't quite ready for more traditional Native American flute music, INNER VOICES will become a favorite among your other easy listening CD's.
THE HORSEMAN
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
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I have always been a fan ever sence I heard him on echoes a radio station out of pennsilvania. Out of all the music this cd is his best yet. GREAT JOB MR. NAKAI. You feel the spirit of the earth through this music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By QuoteNotes on August 1, 2007
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I love Carlos Nakai's music. Inner Voices is my favorite CD, followed by Fourth World. I often listen to it all day while working. The haunting flute melody with string arrangements in the background are so peaceful. If you're looking for something relaxing and reflective, these two CDs should be in your collection.
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