If there was ever a group that successfully amalgamated Asian and African music with jazz and classic, then it was surely Oregon. With a wide range of instruments and the musicians' unusually receptive ears for everything here, there and everywhere, the group certainly enjoyed the optimal prerequisites. Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore and in particular Colin Walcott laid the foundations for their music in the musical heaven of their time.
Oboe, cor anglais, bass clarinet, 6 and 12-string guitars, piano, flugelhorn, percussion, bass, sitar, tabla – such a versatile range of instruments – lent the nine numbers their, until then, rarely heard sound coloring and mark the transition from the band's more hippy-like, country sound when they recorded for the Vanguard label to their later classic sound when signed to ECM. In this respect, 1978's Roots In The Sky is an important contemporary document in the world of music between 1970 and 1980. A rare black disc on which there is much to discover!
Recorded in December 1978 at Longview Farms, North Brookfield, MA and April 1979 at Columbia Recording Studios, NY by David Greene, this 180g vinyl reissue was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head.