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Thomas Conrad reviews Ralph Bowen “Total Eclipse” for JazzTimes…

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jazztimes.com 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 they are actually sets of subtle variations ( ...Read More

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September 17th, 2012 at 11:12 am

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Some props for Posi-Tone at Gallery 41….

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jazzfromgallery41.blogspot.com FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012 Just a few of the great new releases…. Focusing on just a few of the really terrific new releases, this time from Positone Records produced by Marc Free:Pianist Orrin Evans has a terific new trio date called “Flip The Script” with Ben Wolfe on bass and Donald Edwards playing the drums. Saxophonist Ralph Bowen’s new r ...Read More

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July 25th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Another review for Ralph Bowen “Total Eclipse”…

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www.nippertown.com RALPH BOWEN“Total Eclipse” (Posi-Tone Records) Blue Note Records gave Canadian saxman Ralph Bowen his big break in 1985 by putting him in Out of the Blue, a sextet of hard-bopping young lions that included Kenny Garrett, Ralph Peterson and Charles Fambrough. Now 27 years later, Bowen links up with another set of young lions, and the result is the most exciting release of Bow ...Read More

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July 24th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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Another nice review for Ralph Bowen “Total Eclipse”…

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jazzandblues.blogspot.com Saxophonist Ralph Bowen has carved out a fine niche for himself on the mainstream jazz scene as an educator at Rutgers University, and as a recording artist. This is a fine mainstream jazz hard-bop recording where Bowen is performing with Jared Gold on organ, Mike Moreno on guitar and Rudy Royston on durms. Switching to the organ format makes for an interesting album, foc ...Read More

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June 8th, 2012 at 5:42 am

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OutsideInsideOut writes up Ralph Bowen “Total Eclipse”…

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outsideinsideout.wordpress.com Marc Free’s Posi-Tone Records is one of a handful of labels that churns out a significant number of quality albums on a regular basis.  In the past couple of months the label has sent numerous new releases my way, so today I’m hitting you with a multi-part rundown of some of my favorites. I reviewed tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen’s last album, Power Play, in  ...Read More

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June 8th, 2012 at 5:36 am

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StepTempest reviews Ralph Bowen “Total Eclipse”…

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steptempest.blogspot.com “Total Eclipse“, the 4th Posi-Tone Records release fromRalph Bowen, has much to recommend it. Just look at the group Bowen plays with; the fine young organist Jared Gold, the supple guitarist Mike Morenoand the splendid drummerRudy Royston. Powered by the drummer (who, in the last few years, has worked with saxophonist JD Allen, bassist Ben Allison, guitaris ...Read More

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June 7th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

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Lucid Culture reviews Ralph Bowen “Total Eclipse”…

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lucidculture.wordpress.com Ralph Bowen Flips the Script If you were looking for a sequel to saxophonist Ralph Bowen’s 2011 release, Power Play, you won’t get it, at least not this time around. This blog called that one “hard-hitting, purposeful and tuneful beyond belief” and ranked it as one of last year’s five best jazz albums. Bowen’s new album Total Eclipse is quite a change. Alt ...Read More

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June 5th, 2012 at 9:39 am

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Brent Black takes on Ralph Bowen “Total Eclipse”…

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www.criticaljazz.com Swing is rhythmic feel or groove created by the musical interaction or chemistry between the performers. Swing or this “groove” manifests itself in a visceral response essentially music your feel with your hips and feel with your feet. With a total solar eclipse the Sun’s corona can be seen shining in all directions around the moon. This glimpse of the coron ...Read More

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May 31st, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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An international review for Ralph Bowen “Total Eclipse”…

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saxsoundsmagazine.com Come from the distant mountains Canada, like most level players, he also got into this at an early age. At just 13 years already had his quartet in Toronto. As a teenager, he received a scholarship to study at the Canada Council For The Arts. He studied with drummer LaBarbera and Kieth Blackley. In addition, he performed and recorded with Canadian fusion group, “Man ...Read More

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May 30th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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SomethingElse reviews Ralph Bowen “Total Eclipse”…

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somethingelsereviews.com The cover for Ralph Bowen’s newest release Total Eclipse is a picture of a “ring of fire” solar exclipse, much like the one that provided a spectacular show for residents of the U.S. Southwest on Monday. Putting on a saxophone show is what Ralph is about, though, and for the forth time in three years, he’s putting for a new album deploying a different type of en ...Read More

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May 30th, 2012 at 11:31 am

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