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Album Review

Throughout their long existence, Oregon have consistently performed music that is difficult to categorize. Some of their acoustic ventures, particularly in the group's earlier days, could be considered "world jazz" or "folk-jazz" due to the unusual instrumentation, avoidance of conventional blue notes, and original pieces. On 1000 Kilometers, there are times when the group actually sounds close to Weather Report in the 1970s, particularly when electronics and Paul McCandless' soprano are utilized. But there are also performances that sound far from Weather Report, focusing on Ralph Towner's acoustic guitar, McCandless' other instruments, and the rhythm team of bassist Glen Moore and drummer Mark Walker. The music constantly keeps one guessing, and although McCandless is generally the lead voice in the ensembles, all four musicians make strong contributions. 1000 Kilometers is a fine effort from a unique band. The improvisation by Paul McCandless on the title track was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, and Mark Walker's "Deep Six" was nominated for Best Instrumental Composition.

Customer Reviews

Art in it's Highest form

Music on this level is difficult to describe, in a word. Exquisite. Towner, Moore, Mcandless are at the top of there game. Mark walker the latest member is wonderful. They raised the bar of what it means to be Musical, articulant and expresive using all there extensive technique and Imaginative ability. It is hard to find this level of composition and interplay among the most noted Musicians which makes this all the more satisfying. While music can certainly be qualified by personal preference. Music on this level is just unfortunately, uncommon.

Ehhhh. . .not so great.

Maybe you have to be a true aficianado of this kind of jazz. I don't even know how to classify it. I bought the CD because I really like the track The Bactrian, which I had heard on our local jazz station, KMHD. When I put it on my iPod, though, I only included 6 tracks: From a Dream, 1000 Km, Bayonne, Paraglide, and 1000Km (Reprise), and of course, The Bactrian. The rest is that kind of jazz that is so disjointed and tuneless, I get frazzled listening to it. I admit to my ignorance; is this what they call "progressive jazz"? Whatever, even time will not produce appreciation. I have since learned that you can hear snippets (30 seconds worth) of songs before committing to buy. That's good to know.


the best band in the world ,listen closely and you will get it


Formed: 1970

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Oregon emerged in 1970 as a splinter band from the Paul Winter Consort. Its members each had experience in jazz, classical, and a variety of non-western musical styles, and were also multi-instrumentalists. Ralph Towner played standard acoustic and 12-string guitar, piano, a variety of electric keyboards, trumpet and flügelhorn. Paul McCandless' instrumental arsenal included oboe, English horn, soprano sax, bass clarinet, the musette, and tin flute. Collin Walcott handled most of the percussion duties...
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1000 Kilometers, Oregon
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: Aug 28, 2007
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