The Four Directions

by Steve Hunter

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The songs on this album date back to the late 1800's when two women traveled around to the various Native reservations and notated songs from different tribes. "Indian Story and Song" is by Alice Fletcher first published in 1900, and "The Indian's Book" by Natalie Curtis published in 1907. On a suggestion from Don Francks, I went through both books and picked songs that had evocative melodies. I then arranged them with chord changes and grooves and played everything myself. It was first released on cassette, and recently I had it transferred to a digital format. I think the songs have incredible power and transcending abilities. The short inserts between songs have nature backing tracks recorded by Dan Gibson. I phoned him way back then and got permission to use them, and when I told him what I was going to do, he told me he was in the process of doing the same thing (adding music to the nature tracks) and they became the now famous "Solitudes" series.

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released August 27, 1988

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Steve Hunter Toronto, Ontario

Pianist, arranger and conductor STEVE HUNTER is based in Toronto, Canada. A native of Los Angeles, Steve studied classical piano in Santa Monica until '73, when he moved to Toronto and furthered his studies in music and arranging. Steve's career has been a juggling act between the studio, concert halls, theater & clubs. ... more

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