I believe that collaborations are truly the lifeblood of the music I enjoy. This album brings together Steve Gordon from Sequoia Records and Deborah Martin from Spotted Peccary Music. As Jonn Serrie has already proven with Spirit Keepers, space music and Native American music can blend into a great combination.
Ancient Power features synthesizer along with acoustic guitars, various types of rattles, Native American flute, and the incredible sound of the Taos drum. Edgar Perry, a white mountain Apache, contributes the sound of a ceremonial medicine belt on two titles and chants on one. Steve's brother David Gordon lends his drumming talents on two titles. Two of the compositions ‘Moon Over Cloudless Sky’ and ‘Earth Dweller’ have a strong space music element, with the other six tracks having a more even mixture with the Native American style. In fact, ‘Earth Dweller’ has the feeling of a wide-screen Technicolor John Ford movie soundtrack. It's such a great song that you'll probably forget that it's a tad out of place with the remainder of the album. ‘Heart Of Fire’ is my personal favorite and gives me a sense of sitting in front of a campfire.
The sound recording is excellent. With headphones, you get a terrific sense of depth in the sound. Because of the various shakers, rattles, drums, and synthesizers, the music offers a variety of textures for the ears. Greg Klamt also lends his considerable talent in designing the album cover.
Ancient Power makes a great companion to Jonn Serrie's Spirit Keeper. Music fans who want to be gently introduced to Native American music would find both albums welcome additions to their collection.
- David Hassell, Wind and Wire