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by One Alternative

Acoustic & Electric instrumental music. Instrumentation includes oboe/E. horn with guitars, bass, piano, organ and percussion.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jojobean
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2. If
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3. Greenlawn
2:54 $0.99
4. America
6:28 $0.99
5. Sunrift Gorge
4:27 $0.99
6. Roadless Travel
4:03 $0.99
7. A Moment in Sunshine
6:17 $0.99
8. Stratus
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9. We'll See What Happens
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Album Notes
It began a number of years ago when an oboist and two guitarists decided to compose and perform their own music. They wanted their sound to be an alternative to other acoustic ensembles by exploring many musical styles yet maintaining an inspired and distinct voice;thus was the inception of ONE ALTERNATIVE.

Rather than having its music labeled by others, ONE ALTERNATIVE describes their sound as an acoustic fusion. Acoustic fusion is a blending of the compositional form found in classical music with improvisational elements found in jazz and rock. The mixture of these elements forms a driven, ever-changing and enjoyable listening experience.

Twilight is One Alternative's eighth release. Founders Jill Haley on oboe and English horn plus Mark Oppenlander on guitars, bass and percussion are joined by special guest James McLaughlin on piano and Hammond B3 organ.



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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Twilight is the eighth studio album by One Alternative, an acoustic fusion ensemble who blend elements of classical, jazz and rock music for an eclectically innovative sound. Comprised of nine compositions spanning forty-three minutes, the album showcases band members Jill Haley on oboe and English horn, and Mark Oppenlander on electric and acoustic guitars as well as bass and percussion, with guest musician James Mclaughlin lending piano and Hammond organ to one track. Four cover songs each by Billy Cobham, Simon and Garfunkel, Oregon and Craig Dobbins are included on the album, along with five original tunes composed by Haley and Oppenlander.

The opening Craig Dobbins cover, “Jojobean”, immediately leaps into a steady groove, with its folk-rock rhythm and guitars leisurely strumming along. A highly enjoyable ensemble piece that mostly retains the spirit of the original acoustic guitar composition, Haley’s classical woodwinds delicately weave in and out of the foreground of the sunny, uplifting tune. Following next is an equally engaging cover of Oregon’s “If”, which places heavier emphasis on the rhythm’s odd-time signature. Likewise highlighting an acoustic guitar and woodwind melody, the composition casually hovers between jazz and contemporary instrumental music. The duo also adds their own twist to Simon and Garfunkel’s “America”, giving this all-instrumental rendition of the originally lyric-sung piece a notably upbeat Americana-rock flavor, while its subtly trippy guitar textures and funky bass-laden groove emit a 1960’s psychedelic vibe. “Sunrift George” is among the album’s five original compositions, which is characterized by cascading acoustic guitar and a toe-tapping groove, as Jill’s signature woodwinds provide a catchy lead melody that could be easily hummed along to. I’m particularly fond of “Roadless Travel”, which exudes a subtle Latin flair with its sultrily flowing guitar textures and tropical-flavored percussion. Billy Cobham’s “Stratus” is the album’s fourth and final cover tune, featuring James Mclaughlin on piano and Hammond organ. Here, a piano-jazz riff intermingles with retro-style organ and electric guitar on what’s easily the most funk-laden, rock-steady composition of the lot. Winding things down is the serenely soulful original, “We’ll See What Happens”, which is characterized by intricately woven acoustics and smooth, rolling edges that highlight some of the album’s most beautifully detailed guitar work.

Warmly positive and easygoing while boasting just the right amount of edginess, Twilight takes the listener on an exciting trip through contemporary acoustic music that’s often laced with funky jazz licks, folk-rock sensibilities and subtle new age overtones. Eclectic and intricate yet down-to-earth, the thoroughly enjoyable numbers on this aptly-named album variably illustrate the rising and setting sun, as well as capture the many picturesque moments nestled in between. Smoothly weaving and winding around a scenic terrain, listening to these infectious tunes can be likened to taking a drive through the countryside with all its unpredictable stops and turns. An amazing ensemble whose elements individually shine throughout, the stellar musicianship on this recording is thoroughly rewarding, as they beckon the listener to join them along for a leisurely, adventurous ride that’s certainly well-worth taking!

Sean Davis

Excellent CD
I've listened to the CD 3 times now since I got a couple of days ago. It is simply incredible. Anyone that appreciates instrumental music must buy this CD. The musicianship and the flow are on point!!! This CD is a testament that real music is not dead in 2017!!!