Flutist Rajendra Teredesai excels at showcasing the tonal beauty of the bamboo flute in soft, meditative musical arrangements. His past albums have had a decidedly Indian slant to them, reflecting his background growing up in Mumbai. With Crosswinds, Teredesai takes a much more global approach, featuring a collection of songs that utilize flute styles and techniques from the American Southwest, Bali, the Middle East, China and Tibet. As such, this is his most diverse album to date, highlighting his versatility as a flutist. The songs include musical elements of the focal cultures; for example, "The Flower Maiden of Bali" uses his flute alongside light drum beats and dulcimer to capture the mystical energy of the Balinese landscape. Another highlight, "Call of the Ancestors," delves into the solitary beauty of Native American music. In all cases, the highlight here is Teredesai's expert flute playing, which is pure, serene, and wonderfully expressive.