listening to…September 5-8, 2012

Ralph Towner – Open Letter (ECM)
Ralph Towner & Paolo Fresu – Chairoscuro (ECM)

Open Letter is a now old favorite with classical guitar over Prophet synthesizer landscapes from 1991. Chairoscuro is Towner’s most recent on ECM, duets with trumpet player Paolo Fresu, sweet, pleasant enough, Towner doesn’t seem to play 12 string guitar anymore.

I heard his early set with Oregon at Birdland, NYC a few nights ago. I wish he played more guitar, he also plays keyboards. I enjoyed myself anyway, the band was great. It was first time I’d heard Towner live. If only he’d perform more solo gigs in the states!

Michael Galasso – High Lines (ECM)

Terje Rypdal, guest…Galasso loops up violin soundscapes…kind of disappointing.

Enrico Rava – the Pilgrim and the Stars (ECM)

Early session with John Abercrombie and the ECM house rhythm section of Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen . Abercrombie is into his post-McLaughlin bag here, light strings and guitar pedals. From June 1975, just two months after the insane debut of Gateway trio with Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette.

McCoy Tyner – Sahara (Milestone)
McCoy Tyner – Enlightenment (Milestone)

I’m having my first encounters with ’70s McCoy Tyner now and it’s about time. I’ve been wanting to check out Sonny Fortune and Azar Lawrence on these albums for a while.

Lowell Davidson Trio (ESP)
The Giuseppi Logan Quartet (ESP)
Gary Burton – Lofty Fake Anagram (RCA)

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