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Oregon at its best

Very little words can qualify or quantify the beauty exuded from this album. This album is more like an impressionistic Jazz album in that it's as if you took some of the best Jazz musicians and planted them in a forest for days, then had them record right out there in the woods near a brook or on top of a mountain. The sound would compare to what's on this album. I wish there were more groups like Oregon because their music is a rare form of pan-ethnic, pan-genre, a kaleidescopic integration of intuitive ideas that is such a precious gem in the world of Jazz.

Acoustic jazz at its best.

This album came out during the fusion period and it was a revelation. Transcendent, folky, funky, it has that purity of improvisational spirit that is hypnotic. Call it jazz or modern classical or the roots of, dare I say, "smooth jazz". What ever it is, this is good music and these guys are virtuosos. I consider this a classic recording. It was a pleasant break from the electricity of Chick Corea, Weather Report and disco. Very nice.

Beautiful Improvised Music

The sounds on this album are really unique - somewhere between acoustic jazz and classical, but really neither genre can encapsulate what these guys are doing. Ralph Towner's compositions, Paul McCandless's woodwinds, and the cohesiveness of the group are all highlights. Check this out.


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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Out of the Woods, Oregon
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Apr 1978

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