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Ralph Towner
Anthem

Ralph Towner classical and 12 string guitars
 
Solitary Woman
Anthem
Haunted
The Lutemaker
Simone
Gloria's Step
Four Comets
Raffish
Very Late
The Prowler
Three Comments
Goodbye, Pork-Pie Hat

Recorded February 2000
ECM 1743
 
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A new solo album from one of the great masters of the acoustic guitar. Ralph Towner has appeared in many contexts for ECM since 1972, but it is perhaps his outstanding solo recitals which most clearly emphasise both his improvisational brilliance and his finely-wrought compositional sense. The dictionary defines an anthem as a solemn song of praise; there are several on this disc. Most are written by Towner himself and played with the "almost oriental sense of balance and dignity" that the New York Times long ago singled out as hallmarks of Ralph's work, but the repertoire here also includes Charles Mingus's solemn song of praise in memory of Lester Young, "Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat" as well as "Gloria's Step", written by the late Scott LaFaro.