Originally from Roanoke, Virginia and grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Charles' latest projects on Artistshare, the reworkings of Modeste Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Gustav Holsts' The Planets are examples of his fusion of different musical elements and blending them into music for our time. I thought with all the instruments that I play, I could create a much more varied tonal palette and venture into different worlds of expression. So we go anywhere from rock to balkan to beats to 21st century classical in one breath, a virtual 'symphony of sound'....
Pillow has fashioned something genuinely new and ravishingly beautfiul. He has remarkable command of oboe, soprano sax, bass clarinet and penny whistle. He practically achieves musical nirvana. Simply one of the best releases of this or any other year. (In This World) ---amazon.com
His poise and sense of solo construction are indications of exceptional musicianship. ---Jazz Times
He has an ear for original melodies and sophisticated harmonies, as well as terrifc playing on tenor and soprano saxes and oboe. ---Paul DeBarros, Seattle Times
Curents is a showcase for his formidable compositional and improvisational talents. ---Modern Drummer
Impressive oboe playing ---Herb Wong
Soundscape, Ethereal, Impressionistic...Pillow is as versatile as anyone recording today. Four stars. ---Don Williamson
Van Gogh Letters
Charles Pillow: Part 1 - Crossing the Divide between Jazz and Classical...
Charles Pillow: Part 2 - Pictures at an Exhibition
Charles Pillow: Part 3 - The Planets
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