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    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 Sumner 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
             
    Luxury Item A flute, or a cappucino machine.