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Ana [CD]

Ralph Towner Audio CD

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Chiaroscuro introduces a new duo and a rare instrumental combination – trumpet and acoustic guitar. The repertoire: a program of old and new Ralph Towner compositions and duo improvisations, plus an old Miles Davis favorite, its presence a key to the musical priorities at work here.

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The whole history of the acoustic guitar could possibly reconstructed from this one outstanding recording. More than a few guitarists have a thorough and informed grasp of the many diverse traditions associated with the instrument. However, few have Towner's natural ability to spread these traditions out on an equal footing and to then build upon them to create a style of composition and performance which is entirely distinctive yet of universal appeal. Such a statement seems to imply cultural (and temporal) tourism of the worst sort, yet the ease with which the guitarist can apply the runs-and-tumbles of the classical tradition to a folk riff, or the thuds and snaps of the avant-garde to a loose, meandering blues structure without there ever being a note or a noise out of place is quite extraordinary. His earlier experience as a pianist clearly continues to inform his work, and his preference for the traditional Spanish instrument imbues his work with an unsurpassed tonal richness. --Roger Thomas

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Focused 29 Jun 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Many of Ralph's albums tend to seem like 2 or 3 fragments of albums sort of jammed together incongruously (e.g., City of Eyes, Open Letter, Lost and Found). There also seems to be an awkward tension in those recordings between the melodic and careflly-crafted songs, and the more experimental, improvisatory pieces. This recording has neither of these distracting characteristics.
This is a solid set of some of Ralph's most melodic compositions, performed beautifully on the classical guitar, followed by a small, interesting set of more improvisatory pieces performed on 12-string. The fact that it is all solo guitar narrows the gap between the composed and the improvised.
This record makes an interesting contrast to his earlier "Solo Concert", where the roles of the 2 types of guitar sounds are reversed.
Fortunately, we are free to own all of Ralph's wonderful recordings if we choose. But if we were only allowed to own a few, this one should certainly be among them.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Towners Best 30 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having been a long time fan of Ralph Towner I was looking for something new to listen to. Having seen him both with Oregon and with John Abercrombie, I was looking for something that would not sit on the shelf. Also, being a guitar player myself for a good part of the past 20 years, I know good playing and composition when I hear it. I like Blue Sun and Lost and Found, but Ana is by far my favorite Towner CD. I listened to this cd probably 3 times in a row the night I got it. Included is some of the best 12 string guitar I have ever heard, and I listen to lots of guitar music. You won't be disappointed if you are already a fan, and if you aren't already, this record could win you over.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic compositions 26 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ralph Towner is a wonderful jazz composer, which cannot be said for many guitar players. This album is all solo acoustic guitar. The first piece Reluctant Bride is oone of the best compositions I have heard. It beautifully evokes a wedding in a Spanish villa, you can just imagine the reluctant bride sitting in an inner courtyard, her white gown against a spanish sky, the grey stone, pensive...I cant really describe it it is so much better described by RT. The other compositions are also beautifully done. I am a longtime RT fan and this is one of his most interesting recordings. WOrds cannot describe it. If you like Oregon's early albums, like Winter Light and DIstant Hills, you will love this. If you just like great quality guitar and composition, you will love this. It doesnt have the ECM sound that some of the seventies and early eighties RT albums have, its its own thing. Its not even clearly jazz, as was true with Oregon for the most part. nothing trite about it,which is a big problem with solo acoustic work these days. and the compositions are more interesting than the recent gary peacock duet album.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion and Profound Introspection 12 Jan 2002
By Scott68 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for some emotional acoustic guitar music that is original and fresh I doubt you could find a better CD then this.
It is clear to me Mr Towner spent a long time composing these great works as you will note there was a significant period of time between this release and the one prior. Towner's stunning chord viocings and melodic phrases translate into a deeply emotional statement. It is clear he must have done some real soul searching for such an emotional output, I can only imagine the trials and tribulations of his life that have inspired these works.
The chords and progressions are fresh and modern and the music is never obtrusive, but soothing and relaxing. His effective use of space and time stirs one's imagination.
If you are hesitating to buy this CD, you are missing out.
I must give this recording my absolute highest recommendation along with the following CDs by Mr Towner: Solo Concert, Open Letter, and A Closer View.
Thank you Mr Towner for such an intense piece of beauty and artistry, may you always be remembered for your creativity, originality, and emotional offerings. BRAVO!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the sweetest 11 Oct 2006
By derek hogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a rule I absolutely adore ralph towners guitar playing and have done so for 30 years. The first 7 or 8 songs are gorgeous and some of the nicest guitar work I have heard but after that the music goes into what I could only define as 'experimental mode. I was totally disappointed with the second half of the album. I own about a dozen other towner albums and will continue to buy his music as his work is too good to miss. I've played guitar for almost 40 years and understand the need for musicians to push the boundaries a little in an effort to remain fresh but as listener some of the music is not pleasing to the ear
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