The Bebop Shop : Changes: Post-Bop Modernists : Ralph Towner
This album is part of the ECM TOUCHSTONES series: Great music and full-dimensional sound at download price, in cardboard covers with original artwork. (ECM Records) Price: £11.99
"Something special happens when they play together" observed Robert Palmer in the New York Times, and the participants concurred. "Playing with John is one of my favourite things to do," said Ralph Towner. "I can play as much as when playing solo, and still get to ply my skills as accompanist. John is such an amazing person to play with that, even when he's playing intensely or aggressively, we somehow fit together and there's really no way that we could collide." (Proper Note) Price: £13.99
180g vinyl pressing
Whether on classical guitar or 12-string guitar Towner's touch is immediately identifiable. Solo music is an important thread through his rich discography and this new album - recorded at Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in February 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher - follows in the great tradition of Diary, Solo Concert, Ana, Anthem, and Time Line.
It features finely-honed new compositions as well as a pair of tunes ("Shard" and "Rewind") from the songbook of Oregon, a dedication to the late Paul Bley ("Blue As In Bley") and a single standard - Victor Young's "My Foolish Heart" which Towner first came to love in Bill Evans's interpretation. (Proper Music) Price: £14.99