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Ryan Meagher

Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) is a jazz guitarist and composer who grew up in San Jose, California. His teenage years were split between taking ground balls and hitting soft-toss on ball fields with stomping on distortion pedals and kicking over mic stands in garage band rehearsals. He launched his international reputation in New York City in 2003 after completing his bachelor of music degree at San Diego State University. During his years in New York, he released his debut jazz album "Sun Resounding," followed by his second album entitled "Atroefy" on Fresh Sound New Talent Records (FSNT). His third album "Tone," also on FSNT, was created while he was splitting time between graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and New York City. Not soon after relocating to Portland, Meagher teamed up with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, the local non-profit organization (of which he would later become an important leader), and recorded a live album that would be released on their budding record label, PJCE Records

Lost Days

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Bayou Brasileira; Absurdly Delinquent; Lost Days; Brook’s Little Blues; Introduction to Heart-Whole; Heart-Whole; South Slope; Deep Ocean Hall; Meagher; Bayou Brasileira (Surf Reprise).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ryan Meagher: Lost Days

Read "Lost Days" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Lost Days, guitarist Ryan Meagher offers up ten expressive and entertaining compositions that run the gamut from blues to funk and from swing to rock. His compositions are hot and spontaneous--they break apart and fuse back together in kaleidoscopic fashion. The Portland, Oregon-based Meagher is backed by a talented group. Tenor saxophonist Bill ...

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February 2018: The Necks, Vienna Art Orchestra, Elliot Mason

Read "February 2018:  The Necks, Vienna Art Orchestra, Elliot Mason" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

After a January of unusual episodes, the boys are back in the groove for February. Episode 133 features a wide spread of entries, from Juli Wood's tribute to Finnish folk music Synkka Metsa to the Vienna Art Orchestra's energetic homage Duke Ellington's Sound of Love. Alex Sipiagin's Returning also gets a thorough look-in, along ...

Mist. Moss. Home.

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: The Hipster's Folly; First Place; Banter; Children in the Park; Skip; Vasona; Platitudes (For Wayne Shorter and Alex Hoffman); The Legend Continues....

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ryan Meagher: Mist. Moss. Home.

Read "Mist. Moss. Home." reviewed by Jim Olin

Mist. Moss. Home. is the newest album by inventive indie jazz guitarist/composer Ryan Meagher. Consisting of eight original tracks, it caters to both jazz fans and college progressives. It showcases his talents in producing unconventional, inspiring music, supported by a lineup of top Portland artists. “The Hipster's Folly" has a laid back vibe into ...

Atroefy

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2009


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