Russ Jones is a Utah-based flutist, originally from the mountains of California. Russ’ musical journey began with his spiritual trip to Mexico, where he purchased his first flute in 2011. As a self-taught flutist, Russ first developed a connection with a Native American style flute, before expanding his arsenal to include flutes from around the world. Jones’ first solo album was recorded in 2014, after which Russ began to perform at house concerts, New Age festivals, and work as a studio musician for film scores. Jones’ flute collection includes historical Native American Flutes, including the Shakuhachi, and the Kaval. Russ has just released a new album “Starlite,” in July, 2023.

Review of Starlite (Single)

By Dyan Garris, New Age CD, New Age Notes Radio, ZMR official reviewer

“Starlite” by Russ Jones

 I think we can all agree there is something supremely mystical about the Native American flute. It has a special way of transporting us to whole other realms.

Russ Jones is an award-winning, self-taught flutist and composer known for his captivating flute music, played mostly on the Native American flute, which he started playing in 2011.  He creates enchanting flute compositions that resonate with listeners worldwide. His unique style and virtuosity have earned him critical acclaim and a loyal following.

The song, “Starlite,” contains rich and emotive qualities and here we feel a wide range of emotions through Russ’ flute, such as joy, melancholy, and deep tranquility. “Starlite” has that truly mesmerizing, meditative quality that totally relaxes the mind, body, and spirit without effort.

"Starlite" begins with delicate, breathy flute notes that float gently in the air, mirroring the twinkling of stars in the night sky. The soft and soothing tones instantly capture the listener's attention, creating a serene atmosphere. As the song progresses, Russ skillfully weaves intricate patterns, effortlessly moving between higher and lower registers of the flute, creating a sense of movement and exploration.

The composition unfolds with a sense of grace and fluidity, as if the listener is embarking on a celestial journey through a vast expanse of stardust. The melody expands and contracts, rising and falling like cosmic waves, while the subtle nuances in Russ’ performance add depth and expressiveness to the piece.

With each note, he manages to convey a profound sense of beauty and utter serenity. The composition's dynamic range allows the listener to experience both the intimate whispers and the grandeur of the celestial landscape, which is “out there,” but also within. When the song ends, we are brought gently back to Earth feeing refreshed and invigorated. This is a great song for deep meditation and introspection or just simple relaxation.

Get it here: https://russjones.hearnow.com/starlite