“My Esteemed Traveler” is Dr. Jeff Martindale’s long-awaited album. “My Esteemed Traveler” entrances the listener with original Native American and Shakuhachi flute performances. It is a perfect choice for anyone wanting to relax, meditate, or aid in their concentration for studying.
Dr. Martindale’s playing style is a collection of traditional nuances, free-flowing form, and jazz like playfulness. “My Esteemed Traveler” is comprised primarily of solo performances to bring out the natural and powerful voices of each flute. The final track titled “Into the Sunset” combines the Native American flute and guitar to depict a rider galloping off into the sunset. Shakuhachi performances titled “Cautious Whispers” and “Meditations” envelopes the listener with the powerful yet gentle sounds of these mysterious bamboo flutes.
The title “My Esteemed Traveler” is in dedication to the late Dr. Richard Payne. Dr. Martindale considered Doc Payne a friend and mentor who encouraged him to use the Native American flute within his mental health work. The song “Toubat Memories” is dedicated to the memory of playing alongside Dr. Payne as the Oklahoma sunrise appeared one early morning.
As a self-taught performer on the Native American flute, Dr. Martindale has performed in various public venues. His combined use of the Shakuhachi and Native American flute allowed Dr. Martindale the opportunity to perform a world premier composition “Soliloquy” at the Tenri Culutural Institute in New York City. Dr. Martindale also incorporates the use of his flutes and drums within his mental health work with clients.