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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: BOOK EXCERPTS

A Conversation with Mike Mainieri

Read "A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" reviewed by Anthony Smith

The following is an excerpt from the chapter “A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" of Masters of the Vibes by Anthony Smith (Marimba Productions, 2017).

So you've been working on a new project this week?

Yes, just finishing some overdubs... it's a project I'm involved in with some friends, but I really can't ...

Quercus: Nightfall

Read "Nightfall" reviewed by John Kelman

It may have taken seven years for the innovative British trio featuring singer June Tabor, saxophonist Iain Ballamy and pianist Huw Warren to find a label and release their first album together, but they sure landed on their feet. Not only was the trio's 2013 debut, Quercus, released on the renowned ECM imprint; it was also ...

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 ...

Ralph Towner e John Abercrombie: 40 anni di chitarre ECM

Read "Ralph Towner e John Abercrombie: 40 anni di chitarre ECM" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Nei suoi quasi 50 anni di vita la ECM ha sempre avuto un occhio di riguardo per i chitarristi, contribuendo al rinnovamento dello strumento e valorizzando molti dei suoi interpreti (uno dei casi più eclatanti è quello di Pat Metheny, scoperto giovanissimo, che prima di abbandonare la ECM ha realizzato quelle che, a detta di molti, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart

Read "My Foolish Heart" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

There is no lack of poise in guitarist Ralph Towner's music. As the principle writer and guitarist for the band Oregon, a group which since 1970 has blended jazz, world music, and classical elements together, he has garnered a well-deserved reputation as one of the most virtuosic guitar players ever. For years, Towner has been consistently ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Recent and Upcoming ECM Releases: January - March 2017

Recent and Upcoming ECM Releases: January - March 2017

Look for these recent or upcoming releases on ECM Records. January 13th John Abercrombie Quartet
Up and Coming John Abercrombie: guitar Marc Copland: piano Drew Gress: double bass Joey Baron: drums Guitarist John Abercrombie—who has recorded as a leader for ECM since 1974—returns with a second album by his quartet featuring kindred-spirit piano foil Marc Copland, along with longtime rhythm ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

With appearances here this week by both Mike Stern and Ralph Towner, it's already been a good month in St. Louis for fans of jazz guitar, and it's not over yet. Guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, who will perform next Wednesday, February 22 at Off Broadway, may operate in a very different stylistic realm than either ...


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