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A veteran of many different bands since the mid-'80s, having worked with Benny Carter, Horace Silver, Orrin Evans, Ralph Peterson, and as a member of Out of the Blue, tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen had little chance to record as a leader until the start of the 21st century. But he seems to be catching up for lost time, and finally recording for a domestic label, Posi-Tone. His second release for the label features five rewarding originals, with help from guitarist Adam Rogers, bassist John Pattitucci, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Each piece is dedicated to a musician, starting with "Less Is More," saluting the late guitarist Ted Dunbar (who recorded little as a leader). Bowen's lush tenor floats over Rogers' spacious guitar, with a bit of a Latin undercurrent. Bandleader and fellow tenorist Bob Mintzer is honored with the explosive "This One's for Bob," in which Bowen's furious tenor never loses focus. "Philos-Ophy" is dedicated to Canadian clarinetist/composer Phil Nimmons (an artist who has been on the scene for decades but is little known outside his homeland), this intricate bop theme will provoke foot-tapping. Trumpeter Sean Jones is added for the somewhat funky "Mr. Scott," providing a perfect foil for the leader. This enjoyable outing gets better with every hearing.


Born: Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Ralph Bowen has remained on an even keel in the precarious world of traditional jazz by always combining his performing and recording activities with university-level teaching positions. Bowen is best known to jazz fans as a co-leader of the '80s band he formed with Michael Phillip Mossman, Out of the Blue. Based in New Jersey, Bowen is on the faculty at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where he teaches jazz theory and saxophone and conducts the Rutgers...
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 23 February 2010

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