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Ralph Towner

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One of the founders of Oregon, Ralph Towner is one of the few modern jazz musicians to specialize in acoustic guitar. His playing often stretches beyond the boundaries of conventional jazz into world music and is quite distinctive. He started playing piano when he was three and trumpet at five, performing in a dance band when he was 13. Towner studied classical guitar in Vienna and played with classical chamber groups in the mid-'60s. After moving to New York in 1969, Towner worked with Jimmy Garrison, Jeremy Steig, and Paul Winter's Winter Consort (1970-1971). In the latter group, Towner first met up with Collin Walcott, Glen Moore, and Paul McCandless, and in 1971 they broke away to form Oregon, a highly versatile group ranging from jazz and free improvisations to folk music. Towner (who guested with Weather Report in 1971 and played with Gary Burton a bit during 1974-1975) performed and recorded with Oregon extensively in the years after the group's formation, in addition to recording as a leader and with many other artists on the ECM label. While on tour in 2003 with guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, Towner encountered Kazakhstan classical guitarist Slava Grigoryan, who suggested a collaboration. Towner assembled a tour in 2005, which presented each man as a soloist, in duets, and in trios. They began to play and tour together as a "band" whenever time would permit. The group's progress was first documented on From a Dream, issued on Muthspiel's Material label. Towner brought the project to ECM in 2012. The trio recorded in Lugano, Switzerland with producer Manfred Eicher, and released Travel Guide in the fall of 2013. Three years later, Towner joined Argentine saxophonist Javier Girotto and the ensemble Aires Tango for Duende. In 2017, Towner returned to the solo guitar format for My Foolish Heart on ECM.
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  • Ralph Towner, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Slava Grigoryan

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 23/09/2013

    Hi-Res Audio

    Since they first made festival appearances together in 2005 and recorded From a Dream in 2009, the guitar trio of American Ralph Towner, Austrian Wolf ...

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  • Ralph Towner, Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber, Jon Christensen

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/12/1974

    When Ralph Towner burst onto the contemporary jazz scene in the mid-70s, listeners were well aware of his awesome talent as a member of Oregon. But wh ...

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  • Ralph Towner

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 03/02/2017

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    Having focused on small groups in the 2010s and even collaborated with Argentine ensemble Aires Tango for 2016's Duende, Ralph Towner returns to a sol ...

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  • Ralph Towner, Paolo Fresu

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 06/11/2009

    Chiaroscuro at once has the feeling of inevitability and a sense of randomness about it, as if it were meant to happen, yet it's such a long shot that ...

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  • Ralph Towner

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/07/1991

    Ralph Towner's a difficult case. The snoozy noodlings of his former band Oregon can be downright stupefying, but his solo work is often, though not al ...

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  • Ralph Towner

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 12/03/2001

    On this solo recording, Ralph Towner returns to the elementary sounds of his classical and 12-string guitars for inspiration. Though an accomplished p ...

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  • Ralph Towner

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/01/1975

    This very well-recorded album features Ralph Towner playing 12-string and classical guitar on "Nardis," two pieces by John Abercrombie, and four of hi ...

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  • Ralph Towner

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/01/1979

    Due to the very interesting grouping of players -- guitarist Ralph Towner, who also performs on piano and French horn; trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, cellis ...

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  • Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 24/01/2014

    In 1976, guitarists Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie teamed up for a duet session, Sargasso Sea, that was released under Abercrombie's name. Five yea ...

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  • Ralph Towner

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 24/03/2006

    It's hard to believe that it's been more than five years since Ralph Towner issued his last solo guitar album, or any album under his own name, for th ...

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  • Ralph Towner

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/12/1982

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  • Ralph Towner, Gary Peacock

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/01/1998

    A Closer View finds Ralph Towner working with Gary Peacock, crafting a subtle, textured instrumental album that relies more on compositions than impro ...

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  • Ralph Towner, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/01/1978

    Guitarist Ralph Towner (who also plays a bit of piano) teams up with the highly sympathetic bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette for five o ...

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  • Ralph Towner, Gary Burton

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/01/1974

    This set of duets by vibraphonist Gary Burton and guitarist Ralph Towner features a logical matchup, since both musicians are open to folk melodies an ...

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  • Ralph Towner, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Slava Grigoryan

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 23/09/2013

    Since they first made festival appearances together in 2005 and recorded From a Dream in 2009, the guitar trio of American Ralph Towner, Austrian Wolf ...

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  • Ralph Towner

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/01/1997

    Ana relies more on classical music than Ralph Towner's previous albums. While Towner isn't entirely successful in melding classical, jazz and new age ...

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  • Ralph Towner

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/01/1973

    This 1974 album was given a well-deserved boost when ECM reissued it in 2001. It's a solo performance with a twist: Towner plays not only 12-string an ...

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  • Ralph Towner, Gary Burton

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/05/1985

    11 years after recording Matchbook, guitarist Ralph Towner and vibraphonist Gary Burton (who doubles here on marimba) had a recorded reunion for anoth ...

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  • Ralph Towner

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/01/1989

    Ralph Towner breaks out in more ways than one on City of Eyes. Despite his band Oregon's lagging creative slump and his own obsession with a synthesiz ...

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  • Ralph Towner, Glen Moore

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/01/1973

    Towner was, in the 1970s and early '80s, the consummate ECM artist. His classical six-string and 12-string guitar playing lent itself well to Manfred ...

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  • Ralph Towner, Solstice

    Jazz - Lançado por ECM em 01/02/1977

    Ralph Towner is in fine form on this set of five tracks, the first of which, "Distant Hills," is an Oregon standard from the band's Vanguard period. T ...

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