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Big Cypress Swamp: The Western Everglades


..... "Your latest music CD, Big Cypress Swamp-The Western Everglades, has made my days pass in peace. Thanks so much for creating music that relaxes my soul and helps me pass that feeling of peace on to others..."   

Niki Butcher

"Some words to describe your music... prayerful, reverent, ethereal, spacious, poignant, beautiful. You have really gone somewhere new with this... though it springs straight from your foundation work."  

Dean Gioia



Apalachicola River: An American Treasure


....."the film also boasts an atmospheric soundtrack by accomplished musician Sammy Tedder. The music, which is at times haunting, is a perfect match for the amazing cinematography that really captures the scenic beauty of the river". - Briege McGarrity, Independent Film Quarterly - 2007 Cannes Special Edition

You just canít say enough about the soundtrack music composed and performed by Sammy Tedder. Tedder composes his score against an audio backdrop of natural sound recorded in the wild. Through the miracle of overdubbing, Tedder manages to play almost all the instruments heard, including the river cane flutes he meticulously constructs by hand from cane growing along the banks of the Apalachicola River.

Ed Tiley - Forgotten Coast Line



Living Waters...

Sammy Tedder's soundtrack CD, Living Waters, combines two of my favorite types of music--jazz and the sounds of nature. It is difficult to express the joy of music in words, but the pleasure of hearing Sammy's music is well worth the effort and so I sit on my porch listening to Living Waters as my body melds into my chair and I feel the stress ebb away.


Clyde Butcher



From the Land of Many Rivers...

His CD, "From the Land of Many Rivers", is a collection of ethereal instrumentals...it's trippy, it's soothing, it's beautiful...

Mark Hinson - Tallahassee Democrat



The Soul of the Matter...


The compositions on Sammy Tedder's new CD are infused with the wild beauty of North Florida's secret, untamed oases, places like his and wife Sandy's Cabin on the Sopchoppy River.   The songs have depth that pulls the listener inside the enchanted circle.   There's a majestic, contemplative beauty in "When a Flower Blooms" that's balanced by the sprightly whimsy of "Dance of the Water Thrush".  

Tedder's reed work is smooth and assured, and he plays the various saxes, river cane flute, pan pipes and recorders with equal ease and elan.  The songs are part smooth jazz, part classical jazz and part pop, with hints of Native American, Latin and Celtic music.   This CD is the best kind of easy listening--so easy on the ears that it opens the heart.

Kati Schardl - Tallahassee Democrat




A Summer Nocturne...



The warm solace of a mysterious Summer night surrounds you as you embark on a musical journey inspired by the enchanted voice of a nocturnal Florida wilderness.

- Joe Hutto, Author of "Illumination in the Flatwoods" and "The Light in High Places"


"If you're looking for a little night music, this refined, gentle, and extremely inventive tapestry of music and nature sounds will hit the spot."

-P.J. Birosik/Musik International

"This is an absolutely gorgeous album! Sammy's skillful mixing of soft jazz with the nocturnal music of night frogs has produced a highly enjoyable and recommended album."

-Concepts in Human Development

" Traditionally, nocturnes are suites for easing the transition into deep rest. Tedder's pieces do exactly that with a sweet and gentle combination of sounds."

-Dan List/Aquarius Magazine

"This tape features sounds of the refuge including frog serenades, thunderstorms and rain showers beautifully woven into Sammy's soft and lovely jazz sounds. Mr. Tedder's artistry in blending his melodius jazz music with the natural sounds of the area authentically preserves and marvelously represnts our native area and gives a delightful listening experience."

-Joann Brown/The Wakulla News

" ...an appealing, intelligent, ethereal record of impressionistic instrumental music, that just happens to have a few frogs as hired musicians...simply beautiful"
-Mark Hinson/Tallahassee Democrat Newspaper

"It's a beautiful album -- very unique and, I think, a tribute to the majesty of nature's wonders in a part of the sunshine State that is all too often overlooked. "

-Tom Bartsch/Program Director for KENW/KMTH FM in Portales, New Mexico

 

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