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May 20, 2010


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Bill Kirchner

For another example of a multi-flute voicing, hear Oliver Nelson's "Flute Salad" (for 5 flutes and alto flutes) on his SOUND PIECES album (Impulse, 1966).


Paul Horn loved the multi-flute thing also, but he would overdub all of the parts himself. Mancini loved to use combinations of various flutes and other instruments to create all sorts of exotic tone colors. Putting a few alto or bass flutes together with vibes or marimba creates a sound that could possibly have medical applications (anti-seizure.) Although I mentioned this in another comment section, it's worth reiterating that there is some fantastic Collette flute work on the classic "Music to Listen to Red Norvo By" (Contemporary).

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