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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

Article: Album Review

Roberto Ottaviano & Pinturas: A che punto è la notte

Read "A che punto è la notte" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Pinturas è la formazione “casalinga" di Roberto Ottaviano, quella che il sassofonista barese ha in piedi da anni e che condivide con artisti delle sue terre quali il chitarrista Nando Di Modugno, il contrabbassista Giorgio Vendola e il batterista Pippo D'Ambrosio. Una formazione che suona spesso, specie nei festival del meridione, e che di tanto in ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

JoVia Armstrong, Adam Birnbaum and Vincent Hsu

Read "JoVia Armstrong, Adam Birnbaum and Vincent Hsu" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This particular show is a bit on the quiet side, but it still features several varied jazz performers including JoVia Armstrong, Ralph Towner, Vincent Hsu, Dave Brubeck, and Adam Birnbaum. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) ...


Article: Liner Notes

Christy Doran: in The Corner Of The Eye

Read "Christy Doran: in The Corner Of The Eye" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For forty years, Irish-born, Lucerne-based guitarist Christy Doran has recorded prolifically for numerous labels. Inevitably perhaps, many of his earlier works are out of print, so it's cause for celebration that this release brings together the very best of Phoenix (hat Art, 1990) and What a Band (hat Art, 1992), two long-neglected yet essential Doran recordings. ...


Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...


Article: Year in Review

Popular Jazz Songs: 2023

Read "Popular Jazz Songs: 2023" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often a featured song is heard, and the following represent the most popular in 2023. Of course these lists tend to favor songs featured earlier in the year so we identified five hard chargers (in the comments section) that would have cracked this list with more time. Click the album covers ...


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: Interview

Eleonora Strino: Leading The Way

Read "Eleonora Strino: Leading The Way" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Any young person who dreams of becoming a jazz musician surely imagines the romance of a bohemian life spent traveling the world, playing to appreciative audiences. But it is not an easy career path. It requires complete dedication and many years of study and practice. The economics are hardly enticing either. And life on the road, ...


Article: Play This!

Ralph Towner: Winter Solstice

Read "Ralph Towner: Winter Solstice" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's a thoughtful, pastoral yet playful album--an early touchstone of the ECM label's sound, for good reason--and right in the middle, Ralph Towner decides to take a breather a bit more sparse than the rest. The quartet lineup drops to just a duo, and he and Jan Garbarek spin a cozy little tone poem evoking the ...


Article: Live Review

Tommy Halferty, Philippe Aerts, Kevin Brady At Scott's Jazz Club

Read "Tommy Halferty, Philippe Aerts, Kevin Brady At Scott's Jazz Club" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Tommy Halferty, Philippe Aerts, Kevin Brady Scott's Jazz Club jny:Belfast, N. Ireland December 1, 2023 The gentleman had arrived early to secure a table right in front of the stage, a fresh pint of Guinness settling nicely before him. He had seen guitarist Tommy Halferty before. The first time was in ...


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