|Tags:||jazz fusion contemporary jazz jazz fusion instrumental world oregon|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
This inventive and influential progressive jazz chamber group was formed in 1970 from the nucleus of the Paul Winter Consort, an aggregation led by Paul Winter. Oregon originally comprised Ralph Towner (1 March 1940, Chehalis, Washington, USA; guitar, keyboards), Collin Walcott (b. 24 April 1945, New York City, USA, d. 8 November 1984, Magdeburg, Germany; percussion, sitar, tabla, clarinet), Glen Moore (b. 28 October 1941, Portland, Oregon, USA; bass, violin, piano, flute) and Paul McCandless (b. 24 March 1947, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA; alto saxophone, oboe, bass clarinet). Walcotts death from a car accident in 1984 seemed a fatal blow to the band, but after a year in mourning they returned. The recruitment of Walcotts friend Trilok Gurtu (b. 30 October 1951, Bombay, India; tabla, drums, percussion) gave them a fresh incentive.
Oregons debut on ECM Records in 1983 was an eclectic, part-electric album that set the tone...