CD Open Letter [Ralph Towner] (CD 1344027), Audio Other
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Open Letter [Ralph Towner]

  • 1. Sigh, The
    2. Wistful Thinking
    3. Adrift
    4. Infection
    5. Alar
    6. Short 'N Stout
    7. Waltz for Debby
    8. I Fall in Love Too Easily
    9. Magic Pouch
    10. Magnolia Island
    11. Nightfall
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 314-511980-2

  • Credits
    ProducerManfred Eicher
    EngineerJan Erik Kongshaug

    Personnel: Ralph Towner (synthesizer, classical & 12-string guitars); Peter Erskine (drums).
    Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway in July 1991 and February 1992.
    Personnel: Ralph Towner (12-string guitar, classical guitar, synthesizer); Peter Erskine (drums, snare drum).
    Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway (07/1991/02/1992).
    Photographer: Gabor Attalai.
    In OPEN LETTER Ralph Towner continues to explore his personal musical universe, his composition and improvisation combining in a unified whole. With a thoroughly personal sound and approach, he continues to bridge the expanse between jazz lyricism and classical grace. Towner's playing, on both classical and 12-string guitars, is direct and seemingly effortless in drawing the listener into the music.
    "Wistful Thinking," "Short and Stout," and his read of Bill Evans' composition "Waltz for Debby" transcend the conventions of the solo guitar. Synthesizers are another important element in Towner's sonic lexicon, and another area where he has developed a voice of his own. Pieces such as "The Sigh" and "Alar" are orchestrated with synth textures that both develop the compositions and highlight his improvisational skills. Drummer Pete Erskine's acoustic and electronic percussion is both subtle and intense throughout, combining color and rhythmic drive.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (8/92, p.38) - 3 Stars - Good - "..[the four unaccompanied guitar] solos comprise a cogent quarter-hour argument for Towner's status as a major jazz stylist. But, the gist of OPEN LETTER is that Towner still finds much of his inspiration beyond jazz's confines.."
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