Paul McCandless

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Paul McCandless, Jr. (born March 24, 1947 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States) is an American jazz woodwind player and composer. He is one of few expert jazz oboists, and also plays English horn, soprano saxophone, sopranino saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, and pennywhistle, among other instruments.

He has performed with the Paul Winter Consort and is a founding member of Oregon. In 1985 McCandless toured Europe with bassist Barre Phillips and German clarinetist Theo Jörgensmann. He has been a guest musician with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones (appearing on the 2002 album Live at the Quick) and has toured with tabla artist Sandip Burman. He also was a guest of the String Cheese Incident multiple times in the late 1990s.

McCandless comes from a musical family: his father, also named Paul McCandless, was also an oboist and English hornist, and his grandfather also played the oboe.

Grammy Awards[edit]

Nominations (personally):

  • CD “Oregon In Moscow”, 2001, Best Instrumental Composition
  • CD “Oregon In Moscow”, 2001, Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • CD Oregon “1000 kilometers”, 2009, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo


Solo Projects

With Oregon

on Vanguard

  • Our First Record (recorded 1970, first released 1980)
  • Music of Another Present Era (1972)
  • Distant Hills (1973)
  • Winter Light (1974)
  • In Concert (1975)
  • Together (1976), with drummer Elvin Jones
  • Friends (1977)
  • Violin (1978), with violinist Zbigniew Seifert
  • Moon and Mind (1979)

on Elektra

  • Out of the Woods (1978)
  • Roots in the Sky (1979)
  • In Performance (1980)

on ECM

on Intuition

  • 45th Parallel (1989)
  • Always, Never and Forever (1991)
  • Troika (1993)
  • Beyond Words (1995)
  • Northwest Passage (1997)
  • Music for a Midsummer Night's Dream (The Oregon Trio) (1998)
  • In Moscow (2000), with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
  • Live at Yoshi's (2002)

on CamJazz

  • Prime (2005)
  • The Glide (1 track, new version on iTunes 2005)
  • 1000 Kilometers (2007)
  • In Stride (2010)
  • Family Tree (2012)

With Spencer Brewer

With Comotion

With Béla Fleck

With Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

With Art Lande

With Ralph Towner

With Eberhard Weber

With Andrea Pellegrini

  • Middle Earth (& Ensemble Ainulindalë. Symphonia Bluesmiles, SYB99904,2000)
  • West Coast (& West Coast Quintet / Marco Cattani. Il Poderino della Gioiosa, 2014)


  • Gioia, Tedd (2011). "The History of Jazz". Oxford University Press, Editor. Chapter 8 "Freedom and Fusion". ISBN 0195399706
  • "Oregon" in "Dizionario della Musica e dei Musicisti, La Garzantina" (1983-2003). Garzanti, Editor, Milano (Italy). ISBN 88-11-50484-8

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