Russ Jones is a Native American flute player who is well-known for his beautiful and moving flute music. Jones’ flute music is versatile, and he plays many different flutes. His music is often described as being peaceful and calming. I would say that’s an understatement.
His music is also notable for its sheer authenticity. Every note he plays seems to come from the very depths of his soul. His music can simply be enjoyed for its beauty, or it can be used for meditation, relaxation, healing, and inner transformation.
In addition to being a solo flute artist, Russ has also collaborated with Douglas Morton (piano and keyboards) on several albums. The name of the duo is Morton Jones, and definitely worth checking out.
Russ’ new solo album is “At The Edge of Space,” which is twelve tracks of hauntingly beautiful solo flute music. The album opens with the title track, which quite immediately puts one in a state of tranquility and relaxation. Slowly paced, with some awesome reverb effects, we feel any tensions we might be holding onto just melt away into the “space” of nothingness. These three minutes of bliss set the stage for all that comes next.
“Reaching For You” follows, and this is perfectly lovely with its softly reverberating echoes and peaceful melody. It’s like a call to come back to yourself or to your higher power. “On the Plains With Bigbow” conjures up a similar feel in what might possibly be deeply held tribal memories.
Bringing a sense of utter calm is “Perfect Stars.” Have you ever just laid on your back in a field or on the grass and gazed up at the wonder of our solar system and all its mysteries? There is a sense of powerful awe and quietude in this piece that conveys true serenity to the soul. This is a favorite, not that one could pick one of those here. You will want to get the whole album.
Having that same vibration of peacefulness is “Cully’s Universe.” the track is quiet and tranquil and it’s another three minutes of soul-soothing flute music. This piece is played on a hand-crafted Leroy Cully Native American style flute, which in the flute universe are flute that are internationally known for their great sound. Cully, the flute maker, is now in his late 80s and retired from flute making. This is a very special piece and a wonderful tribute.
What I like best about this album is the flow. One track just flows right into the next, making it a long, sinuous, completely graceful rest period for all that ails you. I love it. In that light, the equally mesmerizing tracks that follow, “Rolling Thru,” “Love of My Heart,” “Grains of Sand,” take us even deeper into the tranquility. It’s a space we don’t really want to leave.
Perfectly captured here in “Airstreams” is the ambiance of floating dreamily on currents of warm air. This leads us gently to, “In Another Time.” If this doesn’t take you out of your troubles, I’m not sure what will. And feeling as if we are being invited to come back into oneness, “Particles” is imbued with the same sense of deep peace we find throughout this whole album.
There is no pretense or pompousness here in any of this. Maybe that’s what is to like best about it. As well, it feels as if it all easily brings a sense of well-being to every single part of the mind, body, and spirit. Effortless, restful, and simply beautiful.
If you want some peace, quiet, and a sense of real renewal, you’ve just found it at “the edge of space.”
Get it here or your favorite streaming service: https://russjonesnativeflute.com/
Morton Jones: https://mortonjones.bandcamp.com/
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