Ralph Towner

Biography

Born: March 1, 1940; Chehalis, WA  
One of the founders of Oregon, Ralph Towner is one of the few modern jazz musicians to specialize on 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 Read more 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 that ranges 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) has performed and recorded with Oregon extensively since its formation, in addition to recording as a leader and with many other artists on the ECM label. Read less
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  • 1.
    En Oltra Parte /  Zsofia Boros
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 137280 Release Date: 07/23/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Calleja,  Vicente Amigo,  Dominic Miller,  Abel Fleury  ... 
    Performer:  Zsófia Boros
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    Ralph Towner: Man In The Moon
    Label: Clear Note   Catalog: 74591 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Towner
    Performer:  Randall Avers
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    Strong Emotions On Classic Contemporary Guitar / Giulio Tampalini
    Label: Concerto   Catalog: 2055 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Towner,  Giorgio Signorile,  Carlo Domeniconi,  Maurizio Colonna  ... 
    Performer:  Giulio Tampalini
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    More Of The Most Relaxing Guitar Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17564 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fernando Sor,  Toru Takemitsu,  Miguel Llobet,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander-Sergei Ramirez,  Shin-ichi Fukuda,  Machiko Kikuchi,  Anthea Gifford  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozart String Trio
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    Crossing Over - Towner, D'angelo, Sidney, Piazzolla / Flavio Cucchi
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 5637299019 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Anthony Sidney,  Nuccio D'Angelo,  Ralph Towner
    Performer:  Flavio Cucchi
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    Guitar Heroes / Lagq
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80598 Release Date: 06/22/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John McLaughlin,  Boudleaux Bryant,  Chet Atkins,  Evan Hirschelman  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew York,  Bill Kanengiser,  John Dearman,  Scott Tennant  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
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