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Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Saxophonist Ralph Bowen has made his mark on the New York jazz scene for over three decades, while bringing his “casual perfectionism” to clubs, concert halls, and festivals worldwide. Bowen's discography of over 70 titles includes associations with Orrin Evans, Michel Camilo, Horace Silver, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Garrett, Steve Wilson, Kenny Davis, Michael Mossman, Ralph Peterson Jr., Anthony Branker, and Jared Gold.

His seven solo CDs (Movin' On, A Morning View, Soul Proprietor, Keep the Change, Five, Dedicated, Due Reverence, and Power Play) feature a wide variety of top shelf musicians including trumpeters John Swana and Ryan Kisor; pianists Jim Beard and Orrin Evans; Organist Sam Yahel; guitarists Peter Bernstien, Jon Herington, and Adam Rogers; bassists John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson, Charles Fambrough, Reuben Rogers, and Kenny Davis; and drummers Ben Perowski, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Antonio Sanchez, Gregory Hutchinson, Donald Edwards, and Dana Hall.

Gear

Ralph Bowen plays Henri Selmer Paris saxophones; Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures; and Avanti Flutes by Conn-Selmer exclusively.

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”Power Play, with its mixture of driving, thought-provoking material and gentler journeys, demonstrates that power manifests itself in different ways, and remains ever-present within the work of saxophonist Ralph Bowen.” —Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

”Ralph Bowen is an assured saxophonist and versatile composer who clearly enjoys spontaneous conversation with his mates. In short, Power Play is an unpretentious delight.” —Carlo Wolff, Jazz Times Magazine

”Saxophonist Ralph Bowen's Power Play is a solid and straightahead album that juxtaposes fearless up-tempo playing with pensive introspection...

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Music

Featured recording “Standard Deviation”

Standard Deviation

Posi-Tone Records
2014
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    Standard Deviation

    Posi-Tone Records
    2014
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    Total Eclipse

    Savoy Jazz
    2012
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    Power Play

    Posi-Tone Records
    2011
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    Due Reverence

    Posi-Tone Records
    2010
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    Ralph Bowen: Dedicated

    Posi-Tone Records
    2009
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    Dedicated

    Posi-Tone Records
    2009
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    Soul Proprietor

    Criss Cross
    2002
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