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Ralph Bowen: Standard Deviation

With Standard Deviation, tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen, pianist Bill O’Connell, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Donald Edwards deliver a program of standard tunes revised in novel ways. The revamped themes, harmonies and rhythms are not only different, they also propel Bowen the improviser to new heights. A John Coltrane Quartet-like vibe emanates from “Isn’t It … Read More “Ralph Bowen: Standard Deviation”

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Ralph Bowen: Total Eclipse

Ralph Bowen plays a pure strain of postmodern tenor saxophone. He is hugely proficient technically and consistently spills his guts. Take “Into the City.” Its quick, jagged, asymmetrical head is like a call to arms. Bowen builds from a few repeated adjacent tones to long convoluted lines that sound like onslaughts until you hear that … Read More “Ralph Bowen: Total Eclipse”

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Ralph Bowen: Power Play

Ralph Bowen is an assured saxophonist and versatile composer who clearly enjoys spontaneous conversation with his mates. Hear such chatter on “The Good Shepherd,” as Bowen and bassist Kenny Davis race one another, Bowen elongating the melody as Davis furiously fills beneath. Texture is important to the febrile Bowen and his empathetic band, which includes … Read More “Ralph Bowen: Power Play”

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