Canyon says the album embraces R. Carlos Nakai’s flowing flute melodies that are enhanced by saxophonist-keyboardist AmoChip Dabney and anchored by the nimble rhythms of ethno-world drummer Will Clipman and bassist Johnny Walker.
R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo-Ute) is a 11-time Grammy nominee, and has two certified Gold Records (500,000 sold) and one platinum record (1,000,000 sold). Nakai has sold over 4.25 million albums for Canyon.
On the album jacket, Nakai describes the process as “an intercultural journey, melding essences of culture, traditions and innovation.”
Clipman calls What Lies Beyond “an unlimited exploration of uncharted musical territory.” Dabney says the album is “the grooviest RCNQ production to date! You will dance!!!”
“What Lies Beyond is unlike anything I have ever done and resonates with a groove not usually associated with the Native American flute,” wrote Walker. “I hope you can hear the freedom in our music.”
I listened to the entire album myself and I have to say “What Lies Beyond” is jazzy, flutey, bassy, saxy fun.