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Oregon: 1000 Kilometers

It’s easy to take for granted a band that’s been around half as long as Oregon-or, worse, lose track of it all together. But as a recent East Coast swing illustrated, and as 1000 Kilometers quickly reaffirms, the innovative quartet still occupies a unique niche in American music after all these years.

Over 35 years in the making, the ensemble’s instrumental weave, colored by jazz, classical and world-beat colors, shows no signs of fading on this collection of newly composed original tunes. Guitarist Ralph Towner wrote most of them, and among his contributions that stand out, albeit quietly, are “From a Dream,” a brief but sublime pas de deux for guitar and soprano sax, “1000 Kilometers,” a slowly unfurling piece that makes insinuating use of McCandless’s soprano sax, and the hushed, haunting ballad “Paraglide.”

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