Best of the Vanguard Years is a compilation CD from the innovative group Oregon; a band that was based in the state of the same name, featuring the collaborative efforts of Paul McCandless, Ralph Towner, Glen Moore, and Collin Walcott. A historically important group, the founding members of Oregon combined their classical backgrounds with jazz improvisations and an eclectic mix of world rhythms and exotic instrumentation. They may have been single handedly responsible for putting new age and world music on the map. Recorded examples of their unique sound and style can be traced back to the late 1960's- at least a decade before terms like " world " and " new age " were even coined. This CD documents the group's music between the years 1970-1980. If you want to know where it all came from, check this CD out.
Track Listing: Tide Pool; Grazing Dreams; Cry Of The Peacock/Coral; Aurora; Margueritte; Canyon Song; Improvisation On Robert de Visee's Menuet 11; Gospel Song; Interstate; Yet To Be; Serenade; Charango; Dust Devil; Sail
Personnel: Paul McCandless(oboe, English horn, clarinet);Glen Moore(bass, electric bass, violin, flute); Ralph Towner(classical guitar, 12 string guitar, piano, French horn, clay drums, mellophone, hammond organ, percussion); Colin Walcott (tabla, sitar, pakhawaj, congas, percussion, dulcimer, clarinet); David Earl Johnson (congas, timbales); Bennie Lee Wallace(tenor sax); Larry Coryell(acoustic & electric guitars); Zbigniew Seifert (violin); Elvin Jones (drums)
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California.
I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.