FLUTIST- CORNSMOKE Gary 'Cornsmoke' LaCorte is a professional performing-recording artist on the Native American flutes, traveling extensively, Maine to Florida, New York to California, performing and making appearances for a variety of functions and festivals from Weddings to Funerals, Dinner Restaurants to Powwows,etc. Catering especially to the disabled, handicapped, institutionalized, incarcerated people ...who have less choices in life. Considering music to be a 'real' force, able to transport the listener into alternative states of consciousness. Cornsmoke carefully structures his compositions to allow this to happen, if the listener wishes and is able to do so. The dead space between the notes being as important as the notes themselves. The structure of the composition is what lends it power. Where lyrics tend to lend a message to the music, pure musical compositions afford the listener less complications for the journey. That's what makes the Native American flute work so well in soothing tension and relieving stress. The fact that it's a harmonic instrument is what makes a melody. The most simplistic form of music are melodies. Anything else becomes more and more complicated until it looses all of it's real medicinal effects. The spirit being a delicate fabric, one should be careful as to what types of vibrations they subject it to. You are what you listen to. After all, what purpose does music serve? If not food for the spirit. LaCorte, known as 'Cornsmoke' from his days of being the one to roast corn as a food vendor at the powwows mainly in Florida, has been playing the Native American flute professionally since 1995. Now residing in the mountains of southwest Pennsylvania. ........The Author. 'Comet Tales' is Cornsmoke's fourth release. His last outing was a dynamic tribute to our Veterans called 'Freedom Saviors'. Although I still believe that 'Saviors' is his best album to date, 'Comet Tales' is an excellent follow-up and I'll tell you why! The first reason why I think it is so good, is because it is nothing like 'Saviors'. It has it's own theme and musical expression. Reason no. 2 is that LaCorte has incorporated an acoustic guitar (provided by Mr. Steve Brown) into this album, which creates a completely different musical tembre and backdrop for his flute playing, and last, but not least (Reason no. 3), is that LaCorte's flute playing is better than ever in this new format! The truth is, they are both great albums in their own right. Due to the subject matter on 'Freedom Saviors', the music is more emotive and more heavily layered. 'Comet Tales' has a much lighter feeling and is probably a lot closer to LaCorte's first and second releases, ('Sounds of the Heart' & 'Good Medicine')Wonderful titles, like 'Marella' (the opening cut), and 'Feast of the Mammoth Hunters' act on the listener, generating an almost irresistible fascination with the total quality of LaCorte's flute, while not separating it from the overall composition. Amazing stuff! Additionally, 'Cornsmoke Fever' and 'Ol' Coyote Blues', while more contemporary in nature, contribute to the general sense of the cosmic splendor of this CD. Gary 'Cornsmoke' LaCorte is a very talented flute player, and his album 'Comet Tales' is a very smart addition to his already impressive list of recordings! 'Comet Tales' contains a very lean package of information on the album jacket, but then, that is always the case with a Cornsmoke release. 'The music is what's important!' And you know what? He's right! ....WHISPERING WIND MAGAZINE. What an album!! Cornsmoke has done it once again! It's practically impossible to textually describe what you hear from this master of the Native American flute and harder yet to put the feeling into words. Every piece of music from this CD literally transports your being to somewhere other than here and returns you numb leaving you wishing you had'nt returned at all. 'Feast of the Mammoth Hunters' is one of the most narcotic musical experiences and as close as you'll ever get to a Paleo-hunting ceremony this side of life! Infact...I'm not all that sure that Cornsmoke has'nt been there himself and found a way back....incredible stuff! This CD is a musical masterpiece of time travel thru the simpilest forms of musical instrumentation of a stick with five holes and six acoustical strings provided graciously by Steve Brown, the other half of this haunting duet. From the Pre-Cambrian seas whence the soft bodied creature 'Marrella' once swam to the early skies of 'Eagles Play' to the audio expression of a 'Comets Passage' you get slingshotted right to the present with a gift of a light jazz composition in 'Cornsmoke Fever' only to be settled into a in-your-face, down and dirty blues melody that will have you howling with the coyotes in 'Ol'Coyote Blues'. The only thing left to do when this CD is over...is play it again and again. Let me just say this...we are so fortunate to have an artist, Cornsmoke, that does something with the Native American flute other than make hollow noise. In the menagerie of Native flute music players Cornsmoke has stepped out of the norm and mundane to create a signature style, a clarion call....a gift to us all. ........THE MUSICAL NOTE MAGAZINE. WOW!!! ....talk about taking a trip and never leaving the farm! HYPNOTIC, MESMERIZING, barely legal without a prescription! I kept looking for the fine print on the package that states- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while listening. Thank goodness it's not there because I've found a cure for my road rage and a answer to all the boring Native flute stuff flooding the market today. Cornsmoke and Steve Brown, his musical mate completely come together to synergize the fibers of your being in this one. This is spellbinding music in it's raw essence.....and well, the rest is up to you my friend. Why is Cornsmoke's music sooo different from the rest? Maybe he's not from Earth! ..but I'm glad he's hanging around laying down some out of this world riffs!! ........FLAUTISTS GUILD EDITORIAL. In the smoothest of ways Cornsmoke has re-invented the sound of the Native American flute ...it makes me wonder what he can do with the wheel. ........WOODWIND PARADISE MAGAZINE. ******* ALL CORNSMOKE MUSIC IS AVAILABLE THRU DIGITAL DOWNLOADS SHOULD HARD-COPIES BECOME DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN.*******.