March 26, 2018
Grammy Nomination Consideration for:
"Fluteus Maximus, One Session, One Take"
"Fluteus Maximus (Live at Tully's)"
October 01, 2011
Rad Bennett - Soundstage
Mindy Canter: "Fluteus Maximus"
Written by Rad Bennett
When I was in college, Herbie Mann was a big part of the music scene. His version of Memphis blues crossed boundaries to successfully mix soul, pop, and jazz, and just about everyone could enjoy it. When I played this new album by flutist Mindy Canter, it popped the cork on a lot of happy memories. Though classically trained, Canter visits the same eclectic mix that Mann pursued. In fact, she plays some tunes closely associated with Mann, such as "Do It Again" and "Watermelon Man." A virtuoso herself, Canter has a backing group that grooves right along with her, heart and soul. Guitarist Denny Geyer stands out, and not just for his rich and vibrant guitar tracks. He proves to be a fine blues singer on "High Heel Sneakers," "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Hallelujah," and the old Tennessee Ernie Ford hit "16 Tons." The album closes with songs that work but might seem to some like strange bedfellows to the others on the disc -- "Over the Rainbow," featuring a Latin beat, and "Happy Trails," which features a flutist’s idea of a "lonesome wail." To cash in on the funk aspect of the disc, Canter overdubs some amazing Hammond B3 tracks that are perfectly recorded, always audible, and never unduly spotlighted. The other instruments are just as well recorded; Paul Smith’s bass is rich and full, providing terrific impetus to every track. To preserve spontaneity, the group recorded one take of each song in a four-hour session. I’d be up for a second volume.
Sept. 2, 2011
Midwest Record Review - Chris Spector
MINDY CANTER/Fluteus Maximus: From black jazz in church basements to duets with Yo Yo Ma, this flutatious lady has done it all. This set finds her going face to face with spontaneity as the whole thing was recorded in one take over four hours, old school style as the church basement black jazz opening track attests. Heartfelt funky stuff that takes you from “Over the Rainbow” to “16 Tons” while tipping the cap to Herbie Mann and more. You know a lot of the songs on here and probably haven’t had such a good time with this kind of stuff since before disco crept into everything. Clearly one funky good time.
Midwest Record Review Volume 34/Number 304
Oct. 31, 2011
Mindy Canter, Fluteus Maximus
Mindela Music, 2011
Steeped in the jazz traditions, but raised in the belly of the blues, female flautist Mindy Canter releases her latest endeavor keenly entitled Fluteus Maximus. Canter melds a mixture of original, well known, and obscure jazz choices that actually work well as a calling card for any listener looking to enjoy jazz with a bit of bluesy overtone.
All the cuts are melodic and easy to tap your foot too and Canter’s originals “Slider” and “Karma” truly standout as fine compositions, melding into the program and holding up strong along with the standards.
Danny Geyer lends vocals to the blues classics “High Heel Sneakers,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Halleluyah,” and “16 Tons,” giving the session a different twist with the leader not being the vocalist on this outing. Geyer’s voice is gritty and organic, which further lends itself to this One Session – One Take underpinning.
Each player lends their own authenticity to the proceedings. Cuts like “Watermelon Man,” Memphis Underground” and “Do It Again,” have a 70’s funky feel and is truthfully feel good jazz, nothing in your face, nothing over the top or pushing the envelope to chaos, just a good old fashioned romp in the listenable and enjoyable lane.
The journey ends with “Happy Trails,” which further proves the point, that this group of musicians and Fluteus Maximus in general, was conceived to bring joy and to take along with you on the long car drive, or the wind down at the end of the day or to ease you into the day with a smile and happy heart. Canter truly got the memo that music is supposed to bring joy to others. In a world where anger, aggression and scandal are a part of our daily news, turn you dial over to the Canter channel and soak in the good vibes of Flueteus Maximus.