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For over three decades OREGON has inspired audiences in renowned concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and Vienna’s Mozartsaal; at international jazz clubs and major festivals such as Montreux, Pori, Berlin, Montreal, and Newport Jazz; and on tours throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Algeria, and Australia. OREGON began in 1960 at the University of Oregon with undergraduate students Ralph Towner and Glen Moore who formed a musical friendship on bass and piano inspired by Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro and later by Brazilian music

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Floating Circles Quartet: Humble Travelers

Read "Humble Travelers" reviewed by Chris May

London's Floating Circles Quartet are a group of Guildhall School of Music & Drama alumni who have been playing together since 2017. Humble Travelers is their debut album. If one had to pin a label on FCQ, chamber music is probably the most accurate off-the-peg description, though it is inadequate and oversimplified as ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Josiah Everhart: From YouTube Cover Artist To Confessional Songwriter

Read "Josiah Everhart: From YouTube Cover Artist To Confessional Songwriter" reviewed by John Bricker

While in the third grade, Josiah Everhart recorded a mixtape of music for his school bus by setting a Casio boombox in front of his television and recording songs from his favorite video games. The Oregon-based singer-songwriter's love for video game soundtracks eventually led to a career on YouTube, where he has posted covers of video ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matthew Halsall: Oneness

Read "Oneness" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Oneness, trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has fashioned a compendium of pieces that are fixed between spiritual meditative repose and poetry in motion. The collection of seven tone poems was recorded over three sessions in 2008 and are only in 2019 being released. In the liner notes, Halsall explains: “I've always treasured these recordings and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

Read "Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience" reviewed by John Kelman

First things first. For all but the most committed of fans, knowledge of what transpired, how it transpired and when it transpired at the now-legendary 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair has, despite a variety of initial, 25th and 40th Anniversary audio and video releases, been severely limited. As engaging, entertaining and well-constructed as these various ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ronny Wiesauer: Monologues

Read "Monologues" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If you are willing to learn, learn from the best. Guitarist Ronny Wiesauer has clearly taken the right lessons from the likes of Egberto Gismonti and Ralph Towner--he is a happily understated player, at home in the worlds of studious classical and informal jazz alike. He has played in different contexts and featured his own pieces ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

Read "Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mediterranean Jazz Bagatelles: Paolino Dalla Porta & Bebo Ferra

Read "Mediterranean Jazz Bagatelles: Paolino Dalla Porta & Bebo Ferra" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Italian guitarist Bebo Ferra and bassist Paolino Dalla Porta have been collaborating on various projects for almost a quarter century and they started their duo collaboration in 1997. Their original compositions represent a personal synthesis of jazz and European as well as Mediterranean musical traditions. The result is a captivating example of “chamber ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Walker: You Get What You Give

Read "You Get What You Give" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

Often, there is a tendency among jazz fans to simply pass by albums with drummers as the leaders of a CD release, as if they--the drummer/leaders--know less about jazz or music in general. As if examples of Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach or those excellent vocal albums by Grady Tate are not good enough examples. ...


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