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RALH TOWNER (New ECM ALBUM tb released in 2017)

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 thirty 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’s working relationship with producer Manfred Eicher of ECM Records began in 1972 and would provide a forum for his growth as a leader and collaborator with other jazz giants, all while concomitantly breaking open musical frontiers with Oregon throughout the intervening years. ECM’s roster of low-volume acts was decidedly contrary to the amplified popular zeitgeist of the era, and provided Towner an opportunity to connect and create with some of the more iconoclastic and innovative artists of the musical culture in the 1970s. Towner’s ECM years also saw his most minimalist, yet most bold, endeavor. “Solo Concert”, released in 1980 on ECM, was conceptually elemental, a solo live guitar recital. Yet, no one to date had ever synthesized classical contrapuntal composition with improvisational and oddly-metered jazz like this before, especially in such a risky arena as a live performance. Such solo work would later become Towner’s signature on recordings such as "Ana" and "Anthem", or augmented only by Gary Peacock’s bass on "Oracle" and "A Closer View".

Like any true artist, however, experimentation with technology was simultaneously and paradoxically leading Towner away from this bare-bones approach to composition and performance in 1983 when he began to incorporate the Prophet 5 keyboard synthesizer into his compositions, both with Oregon and his ECM recordings. The Prophet 5 afforded an entirely new dimension to his writing, as well as to the brazen and quirky character of the "free-form" improvisatory pieces for which Oregon had become infamous.

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STEVE COLEMAN AND REFLEX
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HUMAN FEEL
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COLIN STETSON solo
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AVA MENDOZA UNNATURAL WAYS TRIO
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NELS CLINE LOVERS
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PETER EVANS SEPTET
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URI CAINE solo
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TIM BERNE SNAKEOIL
November 2017
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November 2017
MEDESKI`s - Mad Skillet
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RALPH TOWNER SOLO
November 2017
POTTER - TABORN - HARLAND
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SYLVIE COURVOISIER/MARK FELDMAN DUO
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Jim Black - HUMAN FEEL
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Shanir Blumenkranz`ABRAXAS
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PETER EVANS TRIO
December 2017
TIM BERNE " BIG SATAN"
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RALPH TOWNER solo
February 2018
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MYRA MELFORD „SNOWY EGRET“
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