Τρίτη, 29 Ιανουαρίου 2008

Oregon - Distant Hills ( US JazzWorld 1973 Vanguard Records)


1973Distant HillsVanguard VMD 79341

Collin Walcott (percussion, tabla, sitar, dulcimer, 1970-84),

Glen Moore (bass, clarinet, viola, piano),

Paul McCandless (bass clarinet, oboe, horn, soprano sax, synthesizer, wind ),

Ralph Towner (flugelhorn, classical guitar, piano, percussion, 12 string guitar, guitar, Hammond organ)

Towner, McCandless, Moore, and Collin Walcott (percussion, sitar, tabla) met as members of world music pioneer Paul Winter's "Consort" ensemble in the late 1960s. Their contributions were seminal in establishing the Winter Consort "sound" in compositions like Towner's "Icarus."
The four musicians broke away from Winter in 1970 to form their own group, Oregon (Towner and Moore met while students at the University of Oregon). They recorded their first record in 1970, but the label, Increase Records, went out of business before it could be released. (It was released by Vanguard in 1980 as Our First Record.) The group's first release was Music of Another Present Era in 1972. With that debut and its follow-ups Distant Hills and Winter Light (all on Vanguard), Oregon established itself as one of the leading improvisational groups of its day, blending Indian and Western classical music with jazz, folk, space music and avant-garde elements. The group released numerous albums on Vanguard throughout the 1970s, then made three records for Elektra. After a couple years hiatus devoted to their individual projects, the group resumed recording for ECM in 1983.
During a 1984 concert tour, Walcott was killed in an automobile accident in East Germany. Oregon temporarily disbanded, but reformed by 1987 to record Ecotopia (its final album for ECM) with new percussionist Trilok Gurtu. Gurtu made two further records as a member of the group, but by 1993 he had left; the group recorded two albums as a trio after his departure. With new member Mark Walker on drum kit, Oregon assumed a more conventional jazz orientation beginning with the 1996 album Northwest Passage. In 2001 the ensemble traveled to Moscow, Russia to record with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Orchestra. The recording garnered four Grammy nominations.
The group enjoys an avid and eclectic following. Apollo astronauts took a recording of Oregon's music to the moon and named two lunar craters after compositions by the ensemble "Icarus" and "Ghost Beads".From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

One of the earliest and finest exponents of world jazz, Oregon began life in 1970 as an offshoot of the Paul Winter Consort, in which the group's original members had played. From the beginning, the band eschewed most jazz conventions. Percussionist Collin Walcott played tabla, sitar, and dulcimer, among other instruments, but did not use a trap set; bassist Glen Moore doubled on clarinet, viola, and piano, and its front line was formed by a double-reedist (Paul McCandless) and an acoustic guitarist (Ralph Towner). The band's music differed from much of what had heretofore been considered jazz. The concept of blues and swing was given a much-reduced prominence in favor of other, less literal forms of tonal and rhythmic organization. For example, Indian ragas would occasionally replace chord changes, and talas would supplant swing time. The group's dynamic approach was quieter than typical by jazz standards, and their overall aesthetic somewhat introspective. Improvisation was central to the band's work, however, and in this sense their music is most firmly in the jazz tradition. Oregon's music is characterized by a heightened method of ensemble interaction, a rapt attention to timbral contrast, and an openness to any and all cultural influences. After Walcott's death in a car accident in 1984, the group disbanded for a time, before eventually replacing him with percussionist Trilok Gurtu. ~ Chris Kelsey, All Music Guide



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Sakis είπε...

i have it already but thanks for the gathered info and pics of the members
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gkapageridis είπε...

This band was simply a masterpiece.
All their works, especialy when the late great Colin Walcott was in their line-up were much more than great.
Unfortunately he passed away very young and even though the other three members of the band continued to make special music his loss was so big that is hard not to notice. But even later one has to listen, enjoy and admire their art.I've listen to, and have in my collection quite a few of them albums Distant Hill is one) and what i need to say is the ones who doesn't know them the must as soon as possible and this is a great chance for it.
Thank you once again dear all friend Blackkat bone.
Thank o great
Thank you