Oregon is a jazz and world music group, originally formed in 1971 by Ralph Towner (guitar, piano, synthesizer, trumpet), Paul McCandless(woodwind instruments), Glen Moore (double bass, violin, piano), and Collin Walcott (percussion, sitar, tabla).
“At the core of an OREGON concert is a joyful embracing of adventure, a willingness by four virtuoso improvisers to expose their creative processes to an audience. Rooted in jazz, but drawing from musical wellsprings all around the world, the quartet aspires to transcend its sources and create compelling, new music with every performance.”
– Jeff McLaughlin, The Boston Globe
“Fifteen years or so before new age, quasi-jazz, or world beat [bands]…turned cross cultural exotica into highly marketable pop music, OREGON had already broken through fences and established a distinctive voice in an essentially boundless musical territory…Today you can turn on a radio station…and hear endless streams of music prefigured in OREGON long ago.”
– Derek Richardson, Berkeley Express
“The key to OREGON’s success is their ability to meld their disparate tonal personalities into a consonant whole—even in the most malleable or playful of settings—the classical voicings of which never undermine their jazz foundations.”
– Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone