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Ralph Towner
Paolo Fresu
Chiaroscuro

Ralph Towner classical, 12-string and baritone guitars
Paolo Fresu trumpet, flugelhorn
 
Wistful Thinking
Punta Giara
Chiaroscuro
Sacred Place
Blue In Green
Doubled Up
Zephyr
The Sacred Place (reprise)
Two Miniatures
Postlude

Recorded October 2008

ECM 2085
 
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An exciting new duo, of unusual instrumentation, initiated by American master guitarist Ralph Towner. Towner’s acoustic guitar concept has long since absorbed and abstracted influences from baroque music, contemporary composition, Brazilian music and jazz, above all the jazz of Bill Evans. In this programme of Towner originals and improvisations, the sole cover version is “Blue In Green”. the Bill Evans/Miles Davis tune from the classic “Kind of Blue” album – an apt choice for Sardinia-born trumpeter Paolo Fresu, whose pure and elegant tone still carries echoes of early Miles. Towner’s own pieces offer continually changing landscapes for Fresu’s horn to grace, in a very poetic and lyrical set whose gradations of light and shade, of sound and shadows, are beautifully recorded. “Chiaroscuro” is Towner’s 22nd ECM disc as a leader and Fresu’s first - although the trumpeter guest-starred on Carla Bley’s prize-winning “The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu”, issued on WATT in 2007.



This cover is also available as poster, printed in offset on a heavy semi-coated art paper in 70x100 cm format. Please click here to see the full list, exclusively made for an ECM-exhibition in Seoul, Korea.