Jeff Ball | The Shape of Light

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The Shape of Light

by Jeff Ball

Contemporary Native Amercian flute and Hang drum meet on this award winning album.great for meditation.
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1. Finding Promise
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2. Metta Prayer
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3. Escape of the Medicine Man
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4. The Shape of Light
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5. Tranquility
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6. Getting There
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7. Ancestors in Daguerreotype
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8. Never Alone
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9. In Buffalo Skin
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10. Drawing In Embers
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In 2004 Jeff and the band were introduced to a new instrument called the Hang. The sound of the Hang and the Native American Flute blend together so well that it only seemed natural to record an entire album based around these two instruments.

On this recording Jeff and Ted are joined by guest artists; Ron Kravitz on the Hang, Shruti Box and Chanting, Peter Phippen on the Bansuri, Dawn Avery on Cello, Ron Warren on Piano, John Natale on Guitar, and Randy Ball on Fretless Bass Guitar.

This album was formerly titled Touching Quiet. This newer release contains a new version of "The Shape of Light" featuring the violin of Arvel Bird. This new release also contains an additional ten minutes of new music.


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Ryan Young

1. JEFF BALL CD MIXES WOOD FLUTE WITH NEW “HANG” INSTRUMENT
Jeff Ball has become, over the course of ten albums, one of the premier players of wooden American Indian flutes. What makes this recording a bit unusual is that it combines one of the world’s oldest melodic instruments with one of the newest, the space-age “hang” which was unveiled to the world in 2001. The hang, pronounced like gong, is both a melodic and rhythmic instrument, and is played by Jeff’s regular drummer, Ted Natale. Often described as looking like a flying saucer, a hang is two joined shells of steel with thumb-size indentations that represent seven to nine notes harmonically-tuned around a deep root note that emanates from a small dome in the top center. Played with both hands in a rhythmic fashion like a hand-drum, the hang makes bell-like sounds, somewhat like a steel drum from the Caribbean.

There is a wide variety of music on the album. Instead of backing by electric guitars and electric keyboards like on some of his previous CDs, the album is nearly all acoustic with Jeff backed by cello, violin, piano and acoustic guitar (fretless bass is the only electric instrument). The first two songs on the CD are the softest and most meditative. But then he starts adding special guests and other instruments, and the music becomes more complex, melodic and jam-oriented. Two of the tunes are ten-minutes long (“Escape of the Medicine Man” and “Getting There”) and they are two of the best. In addition to his own band, Jeff is joined by several talented musicians such as Arvel Bird, Peter Phippen, Dawn Avery and Ron Warren, who are well-known in the Native American music arena.

Terry Miller

The Shape of Light
The first pass thru the album left me with the feeling this CD was better than I expected and just what I was looking for. For me this CD adds to a life of collections that have come to me from all over the world but all center on helping me recognize life for what it is not what TV says it is. When you run across that kind of evidence you better pick it up and make it part of your collection. Maybe I should just call it art. Terry Miller

Aristotle Georgiou

WOW!!!
I must say that I've listen to many albums, but very rarely do I come across one that love listening to all the songs throughout. I'm mesmerized by Jeff Ball's flute playing and with the combination of the Hang leaves me in awe. Thank you Jeff Ball Band for such a wonderful album!