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Ralph Towner

Ralph Towner
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Ralph Towner (born March 1, 1940, Chehalis, Washington) is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He plays the twelve-string guitar, classical guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussion, and trumpet. In 1970, he was a co-founder of the groundbreaking group Oregon, pioneering the mixture of sounds from around the world into jazz.
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Ralph Towner / Wolfgang Muthspiel / Slava Grigoryan — Travel Guide Ralph Towner / Wolfgang Muthspiel / Slava Grigoryan — Travel Guide
(ECM 2310, 2013, CD)
Oregon — 1000 Kilometers Oregon — 1000 Kilometers
(CAM 5025, 2007, CD)
Bill Bruford with Ralph Towner and Eddie Gomez — If Summer Had Its Ghosts Bill Bruford with Ralph Towner and Eddie Gomez — If Summer Had Its Ghosts
(Discipline DGM9705, 1997, CD)
Ralph Towner — Lost and Found Ralph Towner — Lost and Found
(ECM 1563, 1996, CD)
Oregon — Beyond Words Oregon — Beyond Words
(Chesky Records JD130, 1995, CD)
Oregon — Troika Oregon — Troika
(Intuition Records INT 2078, 1994, CD)
Oregon — Always, Never, and Forever Oregon — Always, Never, and Forever
(Intuition Records INT 2073, 1991, CD)
Oregon — 45th Parallel Oregon — 45th Parallel
(Portait RK 44465, 1989, CD)
Trilok Gurtu — Usfret Trilok Gurtu — Usfret
(Times Square TSQ9018, 1988/2001, CD)
Oregon — Ecotopia Oregon — Ecotopia
(ECM 1354, 1987, CD)
Oregon — Crossing Oregon — Crossing
(ECM 1291, 1985, LP)
Eberhard Weber — Works Eberhard Weber — Works
(ECM 825 429-1, 1985, LP)
Oregon — Oregon Oregon — Oregon
(ECM 1258, 1983, LP)
Ralph Towner / John Abercrombie — Five Years Later Ralph Towner / John Abercrombie — Five Years Later
(ECM 1207, 1982/2014, CD)
Oregon — In Performance Oregon — In Performance
(Wounded Bird WOU 304, 1980/2003, CD)
Oregon — Moon and Mind Oregon — Moon and Mind
(Vanguard VMD 79419, 1979/2005, CD)
Oregon — Roots in the Sky Oregon — Roots in the Sky
(Discovery 71005, 1979/1992, CD)
Kenny Wheeler — Deer Wan Kenny Wheeler — Deer Wan
(ECM 1102, 1978/2016, CD)
Oregon — Out of the Woods Oregon — Out of the Woods
(Discovery 71004, 1978/1992, CD)
Oregon — Violin Oregon — Violin
(Wounded Bird WOU 9397, 1978/2019, CD)
Oregon — Friends Oregon — Friends
(Wounded Bird WOU 9370, 1977/2019, CD)
Ralph Towner / Solstice — Sound and Shadows Ralph Towner / Solstice — Sound and Shadows
(ECM 1095, 1977, LP)
John Abercrombie / Ralph Towner — Sargasso Sea John Abercrombie / Ralph Towner — Sargasso Sea
(ECM 1080, 1976/2008, CD)
Oregon / Elvin Jones — Together Oregon / Elvin Jones — Together
(Wounded Bird WOU 9377, 1976/2019, CD)
Oregon — In Concert Oregon — In Concert
(Wounded Bird WOU 9358, 1975/2019, CD)
Larry Coryell — The Restful Mind Larry Coryell — The Restful Mind
(Vanguard VMD 79353, 1975/2001, CD)
Ralph Towner — Solstice Ralph Towner — Solstice
(ECM 1060, 1975, LP)
Oregon — Winter Light Oregon — Winter Light
(Vanguard VMD-79350, 1974/1990, CD)
Oregon — Distant Hills Oregon — Distant Hills
(Vanguard VMD-79341, 1973/1987, CD)
Ralph Towner with Glen Moore — Trios / Solos Ralph Towner with Glen Moore — Trios / Solos
(ECM 1025, 1973, LP)
Weather Report — I Sing the Body Electric Weather Report — I Sing the Body Electric
(Columbia CK 46107, 1972/1990, CD)
Oregon — Music of Another Present Era Oregon — Music of Another Present Era
(Vanguard VMD-79326, 1972/1992, CD)
Oregon — Our First Record Oregon — Our First Record
(Wounded Bird WOU 9432, 1970/2019, CD)

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