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ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
The Turtle Island String Quartet made a rare local appearance Saturday at the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center in Sherman Oaks. (The quartet will return Sunday for a free concert at the Wadsworth Theater.) It is hard to conceive of a musical area in which these totally gifted performers would not be at ease. Their eclecticism took them through a program in which composition, arrangements and improvisation were interwoven with uncanny ingenuity.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1990 | ZAN STEWART
Like two old friends sitting around swapping life stories as well as chatting introspectively, guitarists Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie traded personal musical thoughts in a duo performance Tuesday at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood. As the pair have been playing together since 1975, relaxation, empathy and subtlely were at the heart of their interplay. They seemed to know instinctively where the other was going, and each would find something complementary to support that direction.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Oregon, the band, like Oregon, the state, is a study in contrasts. Sometimes dark and introspective, it can shift in a twinkling to aggressive and outgoing. "If you don't like this weather," Oregonians say, "just wait a few minutes and you'll have something else." One could say virtually the same for Oregon, the band. In existence for nearly three decades, Oregon, which opened a rare two-night run at the Jazz Bakery on Tuesday night, has been a model for eclecticism in jazz.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1989 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Guitarist Stanley Jordan created a sensation a few years back when he introduced the two-handed tap technique that creates the sound of two or even three guitars played simultaneously. Fears generated by the pop overtones of his latest album, "Flying Home," were allayed Friday at the Coach House, as Jordan dazzled a capacity house with his sleight-of-hand and his rhythmic finesse. Jordan, who brought in Yossi Fine on bass and Cody Moffett on drums, is still his own best accompanist.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The group Oregon always has been a bit difficult to decipher musically. In the '70s, they were one of the first ensembles to add world music elements--primarily via Collin Walcott's use of the sitar, tabla drums and dulcimer--and they were often grouped, inaccurately, among New Age ensembles. "Inaccurately" because Oregon also was quite capable of delivering solid, respectable, straight-ahead jazz performances.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1998
MOVIES "Sphere," based on Michael Crichton's bestseller, stars Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone, who are investigating a massive, possibly alien, craft that's been submerged for almost 300 years. Director Barry Levinson's film, with Samuel L. Jackson and Peter Coyote, opens Friday in general release. THEATER Buffalo Nights Theatre Company presents the world premiere of "Featuring Loretta" and the West Coast premiere of "Problem Child," two comedies in Canadian playwright George F.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Vibraphonist Gary Burton has had a long history of duo performances and recordings. His numerous partners have included Chick Corea, Steve Swallow, Ralph Towner and Paul Bley. But his pairings with Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone--dating to the mid-'80s--are probably his most effective mano a mano musical partnerships. Sunday afternoon, in a rare Southland appearance, Burton and Ozone teamed up for a superlative jazz recital at Pasadena's Shumei Hall.
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