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Ralph Towner

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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

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Guitars, Rarities, and New Sounds

Read "Guitars, Rarities, and New Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This time a dip into the archive for a couple of tracks featuring Wolfgang Muthspiel plus more guitar with a new solo album from Brian Citro. There's a preview of a stunning new album from Nate Wooley, which features two more guitarists, Mary Halvorson and Susan Alcorn. Plus new music from La Pompe Attack, classic British ...

Article: Album Review

Oregon: 1974

Read "1974" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Tra le numerosissime pubblicazioni di materiale inedito che emerge dagli archivi rischia di passare inosservata questa preziosissima gemma, che riporta alla luce un concerto tenuto in Germania nel 1974 dagli Oregon, uno dei gruppi musicali più importanti dell'ultimo mezzo secolo per il loro approccio rivoluzionario a una concezione della musica senza confini o barriere create da ...

Results for pages tagged "Ralph Towner"...

Musician

Josep-Manel Vega

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Barcelona, 1965. Essentially self-taught guitarist and composer with a professional and artistic activity based on playing his own music and teaching. He studied musical language and harmony with Josep Baiget (his grandfather), classical guitar with different teachers (Jordi Belza, Mariano Capella, Guillem Pérez- Quer, William Waters, Danielle Kassner), modern music (Joan Munné, Xavi Prats) and flamenco (Manuel Castilla). Exploring by himself he finally developed a personal language that puts special emphasis on improvisation.

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Article: Album Review

Caleb Wheeler Curtis and Laurent Nicoud: Substrate

Read "Substrate" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The duo, in jazz or any musical form, is an intimate conversation that requires a large degree of artistic courage. The participants must be willing to expose themselves emotionally as well as musically. It is brutally honest, a practice in individuality within the context of mutual respect and humility. In the case of Swiss pianist Laurent ...

Article: Interview

Samo Salamon: un mondo di variegate esplorazioni

Read "Samo Salamon: un mondo di variegate esplorazioni" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


In neanche vent'anni d'attività professionale, il chitarrista sloveno ha maturato un ampio e diversificato ventaglio di esperienze, che si riflettono in una nutrita discografia. Ha pubblicato 35 album con etichette quali la Clean Feed, Fresh Sound, Not Two, Spasch, Steeplechase [clicca qui per leggere la recensione dei suoi ultimi 12 album] in organici comprendenti molti protagonisti ...

News: Video / DVD

Larry Coryell and Ralph Towner: First Videos

Larry Coryell and Ralph Towner: First Videos

Late yesterday afternoon, I heard from Kristian St. Clair, a filmmaker whose work includes This Is Gary McFarland, a superb documentary on the composer-arranger (more here and here). Kristian tells me he is busy on a new film project about Seattle jazz multi-instrumentalist Chuck Mahaffay. In the process, he said, he came across what he says ...

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Article: Album Review

André Carvalho: Lost In Translation

Read "Lost In Translation" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Bassist Andre Carvalho conceived this album around the concept of “untranslatable words"—words for concepts that have no equivalent outside of their native language. He has used this idea to create a cycle of amorphous composition, realized here by a trio of bass, guitar and saxophone with the occasional addition of trumpet. The words come from languages ...

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Article: Year in Review

Mark Sullivan's Favorite Recordings of 2021

Read "Mark Sullivan's Favorite Recordings of 2021" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


2021 may have been a year best forgotten in many ways, as the pandemic continued to make “normal life" look like a distant memory. There was a brief bright spot after the introduction of the vaccines, only to be crushed by the emergence of the Delta variant, then the Omicron. Yet somehow there was plenty of ...

Album

1974

Label: Moosicus Gmbh
Released: 2021
Track listing:
CD 1
Brujo; Ghost Beads; Dark Spirit; Ogden Road.
CD 2
Distant Hills; Embarking; Raven's Wood; Canyon Song; The Silence of a Candle.


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