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Faces of the Sun

Peter Kater

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Album Review

Keyboardist-composer Peter Kater's Faces of the Sun accurately states "File under New Age/Native American/Peter Kater." Six different Native American flutists are utilized (one apiece) on various tracks so the feel of Native American music is felt throughout. Unfortunately the new age aspects of the music dominate with plenty of one-chord vamps, endless noodling on pieces that do not develop and forgettable soundscapes. Peter Kater's electronics lack any real personality, Paul McCandless is largely wasted (mostly heard on penny whistle) and nothing much happens. But at least this set was properly labeled "new age"; it functions best as background music.

Customer Reviews

Ignore the failed musician reviewer !!

I'm sometimes left staggered by the mindset of some critics who readily jump in, teeth bared to savage an album because it might not be to their taste, but they do this without actually doing their jobs properly and miss important things like the wonderful production of this album, the fact the flutes are in tune (quite the rarity in the Native American Genre) the arrangements and mixing are very sound, and the whole album oozes quality and professionalism. For me this is a top quality release and a standout album in a genre swamped with mediocre bedroom composers armed with nature-fx CDs.

Biography

Born: Munich, Germany

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Pianist/composer Peter Kater is known for his scores for television, film, and theater, as well as for his own recordings of light jazz and new age music. Born in Germany, Kater moved from Munich to New Jersey when he was four. He began piano lessons three years later and studied classical music until taking up rock & roll in his early teens. At the age of 18, Kater moved to Boulder, CO, where he played improvised music and lived for over a decade before moving to rural Virginia, where he built...
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