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Ralph Towner


Musical innovation is no easy feat. It not only requires an innate talent, but also a devotion to the art that is not blinded by the commercial glare of the popular culture. Ralph Towner is such an innovator on the modern musical landscape, his ideas ever fresh, though they span a career of more than forty years. Best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the acoustic jazz ensemble "Oregon", Towner has also had a rich and varied solo career that has seen fruitful and memorable musical collaboration with such great modern musicians as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Egberto Gismonti, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, and Gary Peacock. Towner was born in Chehalis, Washington on March 1st, 1940 into a musical family, his mother a piano teacher and his father a trumpet player


At First Light

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Flow; Strait; Make Someone Happy; Ubi Sunt; Guitarra Piccante; At First Light; Danny Boy; Fat Foot; Argentinian Nights; Little Old Lady; Empty Stage.


Article: Liner Notes

Bill Bruford: The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008

Read "Bill Bruford: The Summerfold Collection 1987-2008" reviewed by John Kelman

Intrepid percussionist/composer/bandleader Bill Bruford began his career in the late '60s art-rock arena with Yes and, later, King Crimson, but jazz has always moved underneath, like an eddying current. His early recordings, well documented on the companion Winterfold Collection, may not speak the language of jazz, but they possess its spirit. By 1986, Bruford ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Bassist Bruno Råberg

Read "Take Five with Bassist Bruno Råberg" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Bruno Råberg Bruno Råberg is an internationally renowned bassist and composer. Since coming to the US from his native Sweden in 1981, he has made 13 recordings as a leader, about 30 as a sideman, and has performed with numerous world-class artists, including Kris Davis, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Sam ...

Article: Album Review

Marc van Vugt: The Lonely Coyote

Read "The Lonely Coyote" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Prima o poi, nella vita di quasi ogni chitarrista viene il momento di realizzare un disco in solitudine, senza altri strumenti che il proprio, in una (o più) delle tante varietà possibili. Per l'olandese Marc Van Vugt questo momento è arrivato alla fine del 2022, quando ha pubblicato il suo primo album di sola chitarra dopo ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mariasole De Pascali, Lucia Cadotsch, Petter Eldh, Carlo Mombelli & More

Read "Mariasole De Pascali, Lucia Cadotsch, Petter Eldh, Carlo Mombelli & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on two of the most vibrant scenes in Northern Europe, jny: Amsterdam and jny: Berlin. Along the way we hop from jny: Copenhagen to New York with a few more stops on the way. Enjoy some of the freshest jazz projects out there.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz ...

Article: Album Review

Ralph Towner: At First Light

Read "At First Light" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

A 83 anni appena compiuti, il chitarrista americano Ralph Towner è ancora attivo, e la sua discografia si arricchisce di un nuovo album a 6 anni di distanza dal precedente My Foolish Heart, e a 50 anni esatti dalla registrazione del suo primo disco solo, Diary, che sarebbe stato pubblicato l'anno seguente su etichetta ECM, come ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Santos, Cassibba, Thompson, And More

Read "New Music From Santos, Cassibba, Thompson, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature brand new releases from Marco Antonio Santos, Hernán Cassibba, Barbara Thompson, Michael Feinberg, Helen Svoboda with Joe O'Connor and Tim Green, Taiko Saito, Igor Willcox Quartet, and Ralph Towner.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Marco Antonio Santos “About Silence" from About : Silence (ears&eyes) 00:53 Hernán Cassibba “Nuevos Aires" from Nuevos ...


Article: Album Review

Ralph Towner: At First Light

Read "At First Light" reviewed by Cary Tenenbaum

If you love the sound of the acoustic guitar, do yourself a favour and listen to this recording. Place the record on the turntable, slip the CD in the tray, press play on your streaming service, turn up the volume one notch higher than you might usually and close your eyes. As if by magic, guitarist ...


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Fat Foot

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 03:50


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