Ralph Towner Solo
n a 1981 "Blindfold Test" for DownBeat, Pat Metheny listened to the track "Images Unseen" from Ralph Towner's ECM album Diary and told Leonard Feather: "I have been knocked out with Ralph ever since I Sing The Body Electric. [On this classic Weather Report album, Towner played acoustic twelve–string on one track, "The Moors."] The first time I heard that, I was stunned. I'd never heard anybody play anything even remotely similar, let alone improvise with such freedom on a twelve–string guitar, which is one of the most cumbersome instruments, very difficult to play. I'm always amazed at Ralph's flexibility and the power he can get. He's got incredible touch." Born 1940 in Chehalis, Washington, Towner is best known as composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the acoustic jazz ensemble Oregon: The group's double CD Oregon In Moscow (Intuition, 2000), recorded with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, earned no less than four GRAMMY Award nominations. Meanwhile, Ralph Towner has led a rich and varied solo career, as reflected in his lengthy ECM discography (beginning in 1972) and his collaborations with modern masters like as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, and Gary Peacock. All of us at Jazz Standard are proud to welcome this world-class musician for two nights of solo guitar performance.
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