Content by tag "Oregon"

Oregon: Lantern

Read "Lantern" reviewed by John Kelman

Despite having to replace percussionists a couple of times since its inception in 1970, Oregon's otherwise consistent lineup of reed/woodwind multi-instrumentalist Paul McCandless, guitarist/pianist/primary composer Ralph Towner and double bassist Glen Moore remained unchanged for forty-five years--surely some kind of record in the jazz world. And with current drummer/percussionist Mark Walker joining the group for 1997's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ralph Towner: The Accidental Guitarist

Read "Ralph Towner: The Accidental Guitarist" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Ralph Towner is a rather atypical figure in the vast world of jazz guitar. His instruments of choice are the classical guitar, which when he started, in the '60s, was played almost exclusively by guitarists related to Brazilian music like Charlie Byrd, Laurindo Almeida and Bola Sete, and the 12-string guitar, very common in the folk ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ

Read "Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Omar Sosa Residency
SFJAZZ
Spring Season
San Francisco, CA
April 21-23, 2017

“You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes ...

Meet James Busby

Read "Meet James Busby" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our youngest Super Fan to date, and our first from the west coast, James Busby was weaned on the popular music of the '70s and '80s. His first jazz concert--Donald Brown at a local club in Knoxville, Tennesse for a $3 cover--was life-changing. He may not have discovered jazz until he was in college, but ever ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ralph Towner: un americano a Roma

Read "Ralph Towner: un americano a Roma" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Ralph Towner rappresenta sicuramente una figura atipica nel vasto mondo della chitarra jazz. In primo luogo per gli strumenti usati: la chitarra classica, che negli anni '60 in ambito jazzistico era utilizzata solamente da musicisti legati alla musica brasiliana come Charlie Byrd, Laurindo Almeida e Bola Sete, e la chitarra 12-corde, che proveniva dal mondo folk ...

Ryan Meagher: Mist. Moss. Home.

Read "Mist. Moss. Home." reviewed by Jim Olin

Mist. Moss. Home. is the newest album by inventive indie jazz guitarist/composer Ryan Meagher. Consisting of eight original tracks, it caters to both jazz fans and college progressives. It showcases his talents in producing unconventional, inspiring music, supported by a lineup of top Portland artists.

“The Hipster's Folly" has a laid back vibe into ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Tom & Jamie Show at the College Street Congregational Church

Read "The Tom & Jamie Show at the College Street Congregational Church" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Tom & Jamie Show
College Street Congregational Church
Burlington, VT
March 25, 2017

Anyone who attended the Chick Corea / Bela Fleck concert at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival in 2007 had to feel some measure of deja vu as The Tom & Jamie Show commenced at the College St Congregational ...

Rich Halley/Carson Halley: The Wild

Read "The Wild" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Rich Halley's duo outing and his son drummer Carson Halley, The Wild, is in the same vein as the tenorist's previous releases on his own Pine Eagle label. On the current album, the Halleys' characteristic unbridled spontaneity and the provocative creative zeal is simultaneously crystalized and tempered by melodic contemplation.

The wistful “Flat Plane ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

T.S. Monk Sextet at Revolution Hall

Read "T.S. Monk Sextet at Revolution Hall" reviewed by Tom Borden and Eric Gibbons

T.S. Monk Sextet
Revolution Hall
PDX Jazz 2017
Portland, OR
February 25, 2017

The centerpiece of the 2017 PDX Jazz festival was a posthumous honor bestowed upon the late great Thelonious Monk. Inarguably a pillar in the pantheon of jazz, Monk's music was delivered at this year's festival from as ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart

Read "My Foolish Heart" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Ralph Towner has occasionally said that he considers himself less a musician than a sort of audio novelist. An album or concert might not tell a single strict narrative, exactly, but dynamic flow is central to his compositions as much as his marvelously expressive fretting and plucking. Unsurprisingly from a player so known for picturesque sensibility ...


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