Jazz Saxophonist/flutist Charles Rahmat Woods presents seven new compositions and two new arrangements in this ambitious and sensitive collection of solo studio performances. He calls it "... a Jazz meditation..." The music of "The Language of Birds" represents a reality that artists confront...the interpretation of truth as inspiration. The title track, a flute propelled shuffle blues, was inspired by a scriptural statement attributed to the great King Solomon..."We have been taught the language of birds..." and is a tribute to all of the great ancestral masters of this music called Jazz. "Water Bird" is Rahmat's recording debut utilizing a hand- made Native American flute (masterly crafted by Presley Byington of OK), and represents the subtle song of birds in the bottom land of the Mississippi delta . "Choctaw Jane" is a determined soprano sax melody dedicated to his New Orleans grandmother and extended family: " Jane was a beautiful but tough woman, who on occasion had no problem pulling out my seafaring grandfathers shotgun to defend her children". "Solar Flare" is an artistic attempt to describe the natural awe of the phenomena called solar flares...massive and magnificent extensions of energy from the sun. "Barack" was written in 2008 AD upon the election of Barack Obama as a celebration of historical fact. "God's Gift" is a saxophone expression of thanks to the Creator. "Bahari", which means " the sea" in Swahili, is a multi track new arrangement of a composition that was written over 40 years ago and that was often performed in concert during that time by the progressive upstate New York band Tarika Blue. "Twelve Oh One" was first performed in Washington, DC during the '80's when the band "Charles Woods and Jazz E !" opened for pianist McCoy Tyner, and this rendition maintains the energy and insight of the original. "Sun Bird" is performed on Native American flute and is a sonic picture of a desert bird dance.
In the words of Charles Rahmat Woods "...I was always a reed player....and my appreciation of these instruments attained a new level when, as a young man, I read a poem by Jalaruddin Rumi....it had a line something like ...'listen to the reed'... A solo instrument album has challenges for the artist ...and challenges for the listener. It presents music that is truly heart to heart. It is like sharing a gift hand to hand. I certainly hope my audiences will open their inner ear to join in on the natural vibration"
This album was recorded in Accokeek Maryland (Piscataway territory) at Playtime Studios, which is located just off Indian Head Highway, and across the river from Washington, DC. Charles Rahmat Woods spent four months preparing for the project by performing solo concerts at an outdoor organic food market sponsored by Freedom Manor ( a Black historical site and museum located on a former plantation in Ft. Washington, MD). Woods comments "...the spirit of the land embraced the songs flowing from the instruments. It felt so right to produce a recording that captured the essence..."
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