ORE­GON

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Lantern ★★★ CamJazz

Names for jazz groups are com­mon­place nowa­days but when Ore­gon emerged in the early 1970s, it was all the so-and-so trio and the what’s-his-name quar­tet; the idea that a small ensem­ble might not have a leader was rad­i­cal. Now on their 30th record­ing and – a few per­son­nel changes aside – still min­ing the same col­lec­tive con­scious­ness, Ore­gon cover the spec­trum from del­i­cate cham­ber mu­sic to full-throated post-bop to funky world grooves. Still at the centre of the group’s sound is the in­ter­play be­tween gui­tarist Ralph Towner and multi-reed player Paul McCand­less, with per­cus­sion­ist Mark Walker and bassist Paolino Dalla Porta, mak­ing his Ore­gon de­but, hold­ing more than their own on a set of (mostly Towner’s) bright, crystalline melodies. camjazz.com

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