Oregon & The Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra – Oregon in Moscow (2000/2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Oregon & The Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra – Oregon in Moscow (2000/2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:30:43 minutes | 890 MB | Genre: Chamber Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Intuition

A lush, lavish celebration of music, full of beauty, grace and finesse.

Even after 3 successful decades and prizes to reward their efforts (such as the AFIM ”Indie Award” and the German ”Jazz Award” for ”Northwest Passage”), the gentlemen Ralph Towner (guitar/s and keyed instruments), Glen Moore (bass) and Paul McCandless (reeds) show/ed no tendencies to lean back satisfied and rest on their abundant laurels. On the contrary, the core trio – supported by the outstanding percussionist Mark Walker and star producer Steve Rodby, who both also contributed to ”Northwest Passage” – set out to realize an ambitious project which they had often thought about, but not yet put to action: an Oregon album accompanied by a symphony orchestra. This turned out to be a task none too easy. Even though Oregon had performed with orchestral accompaniment on several occasions in the course of the band’s long career, recording with an orchestra proved to be a real challenge to the coordination skills of everybody involved. After all, you can’t just hop on the next best airplane, grab any old orchestra on arrival, rent an appropriate (!) studio and start recording. After a long search and several dead-end plans, Moscow was finally chosen – more specifically, the ”Great Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio in the Name of Tchaikovsky”, and the musically exemplary State Recording House of the GDRZ. Here, in June 1999, the 15 tracks of this double-album were recorded in just six days of recording. These tracks represent excerpts from the entire musical history of the band Oregon. This album was recorded strictly simultaneously, meaning that the band and the orchestra faced each other in the recording room and played the songs together. No overdubbing each other, no faking a relationship that wasn’t there; just recording and mixing with the highest standards of quality. In this respect, ”Oregon in Moscow” combines the best qualities of a live recording with those of a studio production.

“Simply beautiful with some nice orchestral arrangements from Towner, McCandless and Moore where you can hear their profound classical education. They are able to write, arrange and play jazz or classical music in the same breath. Sometimes it sounds like the soundtrack of a movie I have never seen before.”

1-01. Oregon – Round Robin (06:34)
1-02. Oregon – Beneath an Evening Sky (05:01)
1-03. Oregon – Acis and Galatea (07:50)
1-04. Oregon – The Templars (08:03)
1-05. Oregon – Anthem (05:56)
1-06. Oregon – All the Mornings Bring (06:29)
1-07. Oregon – Along the Way (03:24)
1-08. Oregon – Arianna (02:03)
1-09. Oregon – Icarus (03:37)
2-01. Oregon – Waterwheel (08:40)
2-02. Oregon – Spanish Stairs (05:10)
2-03. Oregon – Free-Form Piece for Orchestra & Improvisors (08:26)
2-04. Oregon – Spirits of Another Sort (02:32)
2-05. Oregon – Firebat (10:46)
2-06. Oregon – Zephyr (06:12)


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