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  • Castaways Alphabetically
    Pete Escovedo
    21 Dec
    William Dement
    14 Dec
    Victoria Theodore
    07 Dec
    Nika Rejto
    16 Nov
    Poncho Sanchez
    09 Nov
    Lonnie Liston Smith
    02 Nov
    Renee Rosnes
    26 Oct
    Nicolas Bearde
    19 Oct
    Delfeayo Marsalis
    12 Oct
    Ravi Abcarian
    24 Aug
    Veronica Klaus
    17 Aug
    Terence Blanchard
    10 Aug
    Terell Stafford
    03 Aug
    Julian Lage
    27 Jul
    Victor Wooten
    20 Jul
    Judi Silvano
    13 Jul
    Dave Bendigkeit
    06 Jul
    Sunna Gunnlaugs
    29 Jun
    Larry Coryell
    22 Jun
    Emil Viklický
    15 Jun
    Peter Zak
    08 Jun
    Peter Williams
    01 Jun
    Wil Blades
    25 May
    Cedar Walton
    27 Apr
    Kenny G
    20 Apr
    Roy McCurdy
    13 Apr
      Hiromi
    06 Apr
    Steven Bernstein
    30 Mar
    Dee Bell
    23 Mar
    Lorca Hart
    16 Mar
    Tyshawn Sorey
    02 Mar
    Hubert Laws
    24 Feb


    Most Recent Castaway - 15th December, 2017
    Matt Eakle (2017)

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    Native Californian Matt Eakle and his flute have been blowing crowds out of their seats and onto their feet ever since 1989, when he became the first wind player in the David Grisman Quintet. That meant his hanging out in the studio with Grisman and the likes of Jerry Garcia.

    Matt's professional career began in the mid-1970s with jazz and rock and symphonic bands. In 1978 he formed the group Trio Con Brio with guitarist/educator Davis Ramey and cellist Mark Summer of the Turtle Island String Quartet.

    You can hear Matt on Alison Brown's "Simple Pleasures", Chris Isaak’s "Notice the Ring", and Bonnie Raitt’s "Home". He was also part of the mariachi group Los Camperos in Linda Ronstadt’s theatrical production, "Mas Canciones de Mi Padre."

    Over the years, Matt has been able to coax out of his silver flute the sounds of the indigenous flutes from Japanese, Arabia, Native America, and East India, bending notes, singing and using percussion. He's also performed, toured and recorded pianist Suzanne Ciani her group The Wave.

    Matt has worked tirelessly to preserve the Headwaters Forest in Humboldt County with a compilation of music inspired by the forest, with performers such as Paul McCandless, Paul Winter, and David Grisman. He is also heard in the critically acclaimed documentary "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill."
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage Maiden Voyage Blue Note
    # 2 Hubert Laws Storm Then the Calm Dat over Dere Music Masters
    # 3 Bessie Smith The Anthology A Little Sugar in My Bowl Not Now
    # 4 Lee Morgan The Sidewinder The Sidewinder Blue Note
    # 5 Sarah Vaughan Crazy and Mixed-Up I Didn't Know What Time It Was Pablo
    # 6 Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington Together for the First Time/The Great Reunion I'm Beginning to See the Light Roulette
    # 7 Ray Charles Ray Sings, Basie Swings Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' Concord
    # 8 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina Elis and Tom Aguas de Março Trama/Verve
             
    Book Andrea Wulf, "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World", or Charles C. Mann, "1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus", and "1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created"
             
    Luxury Item A flute, or a cappucino machine.