Oregon - Out Of The Woods

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Oregon - Out Of The Woods

Oregon - Out Of The Woods

78.33Mb | WAV | Jazz/World Music | 1974

One of the best albuns from these guys. Oregon was an unclassified group. It is jazz, it's folk, it's New Era, it's improvised music and it's much more at the same time.

The members were Ralph Towner (guitar, piano, synthesizer, trumpet), Paul McCandless (woodwind instruments), and Glen Moore (double bass, violin, piano) and Collin Walcott (percussion, sitar, tabla). Towner, McCandless, Moore, and Collin Walcott met as members of world music pioneer Paul Winter's "Consort" ensemble in the late 1960s. They broke away from Winter in 1970 to form their own group, Oregon, which they named after Towner's and Moore's home state. 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, 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

The music inside are:
1. Yellow Bell Listen Listen
2. Fall Listen Listen
3. Reprise Listen Listen
4. Cane Fields Listen Listen
5. Dance to the Morning Star Listen Listen
6. Vision of a Dancer Listen
7. Story Telling Listen
8. Waterwheel Listen
9. Witchi-Tai-To


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