Ralph Towner to Release New Solo Guitar Album

Ten-date tour begins in February

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Ralph Towner

Ralph Towner will release a new solo guitar album, titled My Foolish Heart, through the ECM label on Feb. 3. The recording, produced by ECM founder Manfred Eicher, features Towner on classical and 12-string guitars. Among the program’s 11 tracks are two older compositions with roots in the band Oregon, “Shard” and “Rewind”; “Blue as in Bley,” a tribute to the late pianist-composer Paul Bley; and the title standard. That tune’s masterful and influential interpretation by the Bill Evans Trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian impacted Towner’s playing and concept profoundly.

To support the album release, Towner will embark on a tour in February. Dates and locations are below. For more information on Towner, visit his official website.

Feb. 15, 16; New York, NY; Jazz Standard

Feb. 18; St. Louis, MI; E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall

Feb. 19; Chicago, IL; Martyrs’

Feb. 20; Portland, OR; The Old Church

Feb. 21; Seattle, WA; Seattle Art Museum

Feb. 23; San Francisco, CA; SFJAZZ ([email protected] II)

Feb. 26; Santa Cruz, CA; Kuumbwa Jazz Center

March 2; La Jolla, CA; Athenaeum

March 3; Los Angeles, CA; The Blue Whale