Due to recent health issues, John Abercrombie Quartet will not perform at SFJAZZ Center on February 23. The February 23 show will go on as scheduled with the Gary Peacock Trio replacing the John Abercrombie Quartet on the bill. Ralph Towner will still perform as originally scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact the SFJAZZ Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-788-7353.
Ralph Towner, solo/ Now This: Gary Peacock, Marc Copland, Joey Baron | SFJAZZ
Ralph Towner/ Now This: Gary Peacock, Marc Copland, Joey Baron
This night brings a double bill of innovative artists who have each helped define the ECM Records signature sound and famously collaborated on the classic 1994 ECM duo release Oracle and its 1998 follow-up, A Closer View. Founder of the great world-jazz ensemble Oregon, which remains a vital and innovative improvising unit after 45 years and 30 albums, Ralph Towner is the figure primarily responsible for contemporizing the acoustic guitar in jazz. In addition to nearly two-dozen releases on ECM as a leader and co-leader with vibraphonist Gary Burton and guitarist John Abercromibie, Towner has made indelible contributions to the work of Paul Winter, Larry Coryell, Egberto Gismonti, and Weather Report. For this night he performs a solo set.
A lithe and virtuosic bassist best known for his work as the harmonic anchor of pianist Keith Jarrett’s now-legendary Standards Trio, Gary Peacock made career-defining statements with Paul Bley, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and Albert Ayler in the 1960s. His debut as a leader on ECM, 1977’s Tales of Another, was his first recorded encounter with Jarrett and drummer Jack DeJohnette before the formation of Jarrett’s illustrious trio, and led to Peacock’s half-dozen subsequent sessions for the label. After a break of two decades, the bassist returned with Now This, a spectacular trio album featuring frequent collaborator Marc Copland on piano and drummer Joey Baron. The band makes their SFJAZZ debut with this date.
Ralph Towner guitar
GARY PEACOCK TRIO
Gary Peacock bass
Marc Copland piano
Joey Baron drums