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Charles Pillow

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Charles Pillow

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'....
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”Charles Pillow is one of the more in-demand reed players on the New York Jazz scene today” ---Maria Schneider

“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

    ELCM Records
    2011
  • Charles Pillow: Part 1 - Crossing the Divide between Jazz and Classical...

    ArtistShare
    2008
  • Charles Pillow: Part 2 - Pictures at an Exhibition

    ArtistShare
    2008
  • Charles Pillow: Part 3 - The Planets

    ArtistShare
    2008
  • Currents

    P.S.F. Records
    1997

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Van Gogh Letters
ELCM Records (2011)

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