Family Tree

Family Tree

by Oregon
     
 

As of this recording, three out of four members of Oregon have been playing together in the group for 42 years. Drummer and percussionist Mark Walker has been on board since 1996, making them among the longest-running small groups in jazz history. Given their long-established sound and collective sense of pan-globalSee more details below

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As of this recording, three out of four members of Oregon have been playing together in the group for 42 years. Drummer and percussionist Mark Walker has been on board since 1996, making them among the longest-running small groups in jazz history. Given their long-established sound and collective sense of pan-global adventure, Oregon have remained vital, restless, and disciplined. Family Tree features five new Ralph Towner compositions plus two utterly reworked -- and superior -- versions of others recorded on his solo offerings, two new Paul McCandless numbers, a new one by Glen Moore, and two collective compositions from the band. Family Tree is the first recording since 1989's 45th Parallel that does not feature any group improvisation. The album was recorded at Ludwigsburg's glorious state-of-the-art Tonstudio Bauer, which was also the home studio for 2010's In Stride and three of the band's albums on ECM in the mid-'80s. Standout tracks here include Towner's strident "Tern," McCandless' crystalline "Julian," and the upbeat, elegant, group-composed closer "Carnival Express," which recalls the more celebratory aspects of Weather Report (albeit with a lot less electricity) in their mid-'70s prime.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2012
Label:
Camjazz
UPC:
0016728504621
catalogNumber:
5046
Rank:
118007

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oregon   Primary Artist
Ralph Towner   Synthesizer,Piano,Classical Guitar
Glen Moore   Double Bass
Paul McCandless   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Horn,Oboe,Soprano Saxophone
Mark Walker   Percussion,Drums,Hand Percussion

Technical Credits

Oregon   Composer
Ralph Towner   Composer
Glen Moore   Composer,Booking
Paul McCandless   Composer
Johannes Wohlleben   Engineer
Danilo Rossi   Mastering
Marilyn Rosen   Booking
Anna Takats   Booking
Laurel Wickes   Booking
Saudades Tourneen   Booking

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