Winter Light

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
If there was a "second best" recording from Oregon in their early years, this would be it. The concept of "Winter Light" certainly reflects the visage of the Pacific Northwest in the fourth season, yet it is a music, and time of year, filled with hope for the future while pondering a somewhat bleak present. Winter can be pleasant, bearable and filled with its own snowy delights. The first three pieces on their own are worth the price of this entire project, and are definitive works from the quartet. "Tide Pool" while accented with bizarre twists, is anchored by Walcott's energetic tabla and Towner's pure bred energy on acoustic guitar. Of course Jim Pepper's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
If there was a "second best" recording from Oregon in their early years, this would be it. The concept of "Winter Light" certainly reflects the visage of the Pacific Northwest in the fourth season, yet it is a music, and time of year, filled with hope for the future while pondering a somewhat bleak present. Winter can be pleasant, bearable and filled with its own snowy delights. The first three pieces on their own are worth the price of this entire project, and are definitive works from the quartet. "Tide Pool" while accented with bizarre twists, is anchored by Walcott's energetic tabla and Towner's pure bred energy on acoustic guitar. Of course Jim Pepper's "Witchi-Tai-To" is classic, made moreso by the group's personal collective serenity and peace injected into the flavor of the composition. "Ghost Beads" is really the one for Towner and oboist Paul McCandless to dig in and fully express their vitruosity. These are three great examples of early world music. While the rest of the recording is not as provocative, it is still well played and conceived. "Winter Light" is heartily recommended as your follow-up Oregon purchase after "Music Of Another Present Era," with "Distant Hills" a close third.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1990
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707935029
  • Catalog Number: 79350
  • Sales rank: 37,431

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tide Pool (8:34)
  2. 2 Witchi-Tai-To (3:26)
  3. 3 Ghost Beads (6:38)
  4. 4 Deer Path (2:47)
  5. 5 Fond Libré (5:04)
  6. 6 Street Dance (2:08)
  7. 7 Rainmaker (4:27)
  8. 8 Poesia (5:25)
  9. 9 Margueritte (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oregon Primary Artist
Ralph Towner Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Flugelhorn, French Horn, 12-string Guitar, Classical Guitar, Clay Drums
Collin Walcott Dulcimer, Clarinet, Percussion, Conga, Sitar, Tabla, Pakawaj
Glen Moore Bass, Flute, Piano, Violin, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Paul McCandless Bass Clarinet, English Horn, Oboe
Technical Credits
Ralph Towner Hands
Collin Walcott Cover Photo
Captain Jeff Zaraya Engineer
Dave Baker Engineer
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