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Steve Turre

4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (May 6, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000047EE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Once again Steve Turre has shown his style and ability by making an album that is entertaining to all. Turre not only shows his technical ability, but he shows his usual graceful and easing style. He also has great guest performances. The list includes Randy Brecker, J. J. Johnson, John Faddis, and many others. While Turre's seeming obsession with the conchshell provides the listener with a very soothing and natural sound at times, occasionally he can leave the listener wishing he would pick up his trombone. I guess at his level of ability you are constantly looking for new ways to musically express (and entertain) yourself. Nevertheless this album is a must have for anyone who values the beauty of the trombone, or the intricacies of good jazz.
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I think this album is certainly anything BUT "technical gymnastics", as another reviewer has described it. Turre's compositions/arrangements are beautiful and sophisticated. It is hardly a simple "trombone" solo album, which may mislead some. The presence of the master (J.J. himself)on the album should speak volumes. His soloing over the group's amazing ethnic afro-cuban/oriental texture is sublime and powerful at the same time.

This is my all time favorite album of Turre's and is a microcosm of his best tendecies. It is hard to imagine a jazz oriented composition being more colorful and enjoyable than Steve's tone poem "The Emperor" or the ecclectic and very entransing "Coastin' with Bobby".

Mr. Turre's shells are also a refreshing bit of cultural tastiness which are in no way intrusive, but rather a means of fleshing out the album's ethnic beauty.
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I love this album, mainly because it's fun, melodic and supremely well played. Turre was born into a Mexican-American family and he grew up in the San Francisco area absorbing a wide range of sounds. On this album, Turre goes for a sophisticated, almost symphonic, latin-jazz sound. The main latin influences on this record are either Cuban or Brazilian. Turre plays trombone, wrote five of the eight tracks, arranges the music, and manages to make music from conch shells.

Turre has played on so many sessions that he probably knows everybody worth knowing in the U.S. jazz community. He has been able to recruit a huge cast of top session musicians who play violins, violas, trombones, trumpets, vibes, cellos, guitars, shells and lots of percussion. Famous names who play on the album include: Cassandra Wilson (vocals), J.J. Johnson (trombone), Jon Faddis (flugelhorn), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (doubling on trombone and shells), Regina Carter (violin), Andy Gonzalez (bass), and Victor Lewis (drums). The album is very easy to listen to and often beautiful. Turre has created a unique blend of influences and sounds, and if you are looking for something different this album is worth a listen.
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Great music. If you like Steve Turre you will love this.
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Yes, Steve Turre is a technical wizard on the trombone. I play trombone, and I am amazed at the sounds he can get out of that tapered tube. I bought this CD just on Jamey Aebersold's recommendation, but I must admit I was somewhat disappointed at the CD contents. I guess it would be nice background music at a party, but I really don't listen to it very often at all. I like melodic music - music you sing to yourself, something you can follow and perhaps imitate. But most of the songs on this CD are ad lib solos and technical gymnastics, most with a latin feel. It was just not what I was looking for in trombone music. If you like the same type of music that I do, try J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding or Wycliffe Gordon first.
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