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Phoenix-based contemporary Jazz group Turning Point returns with a fiery mix of Latin and Greek elements; includes Spain.

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"A turning point in [their] career... at which they turn from local legends to a legendary international jazz phenomenon." -- Minor 7th Magazine, August 2005

"An energetic, compelling collection of amazing performances... a quality project from a quality band." -- Smoothjazz.com, August 2005

"Their finest hour... a project that doesn't just push the boundaries. It kicks down some walls." -- Smoothviews.com, September 2005

One of 2005's most essential instrumental recordings." -- All Music Guide, August 2005

Voted "Critic's Pick" of 2005 -- Jazziz Magazine, January/February 2006
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Native Language Music
  • ASIN: B0009X773Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Turning Point is a talented quintet of smooth jazz artists who hail from Phoenix, Arizona. Music from their previous CD has been highlighted on our radio station play list for the last 6 months, via the Live365.com Music Library. To describe their style, they've patterned their music based on the group, Spyro Gyra. However, their style of music is original and satisfying. Their latest CD, "Matador" mixes it up with Latin, Flamenco & Native American rhythms. The group sounds uniquely invigorating. The track, "Quisiera Ser" is the highlight of this release. It's an invigorating track that will remind you of the southwest. It's a great piece of work that will become a classic.
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From fusion-funk to flamenco, Arizona-based Turning Point has created its most dynamic album yet, and covers all the hues of contemporary jazz within the scope of MATADOR's eleven tracks, nine of which are originals. In the same way that Hiroshima has successfully melded their Asian heritage and contemporary jazz, so, too, has this outstanding band deftly combined elements of brothers Demitri (bass) and Thano (guitar) Sahnas' Greek heritage and the band's Southwest Latin jazz heritage with progressive jazz, rock, R&B, and blues. The result: an energetic, compelling collection of amazing performances. The rest of this popular band: Steve Culp on keys and John Herrera on drums/percussion, plus, featured sax man Domenic Amato. The first radio hit from MATADOR is a flamenco-funk cover of the Latin Grammy-winning "Quisiera Ser" from South American superstar Alejandro Sanz's songbook.  In addition, you need to check out the killer "salsa meets hummus" treatment of the classic, "Spain," which features Charlie Bisharat on violin. My favorites also include the festive "Despues de Manana" and the way hip retro-soul "Suburban Safari." Good stuff indeed, and if it sounds like this band has fun making their music, it's definitely by design. To quote John Herrera, "The reason we're successful is that we are committed to having fun, no matter what." MATADOR is not only fun, but also a quality project from a quality band. One listen and you'll be able to see why Turning Point is the hottest thing going in Arizona outside of the sun! ~Scott O'Brien
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I heard a cut from this CD on satellite radio. WOW! So I bought this and found their previous two CD's and bought those, too. What a welcome change from the normal rehashed "processed cheese" that passes, lately, for C-Jazz. Inventive, upbeat, great mixture of different (well played) instruments and (here's the best part) each cut rides on a different mood and sound. Even the few slower tracks are tastefully done and fresh. Tired of a whole CD's worth of mind-numbing, synthesized repetition? Check this one out! (And, BONUS, you get a cool sampler CD as well.) Keep 'em coming, guys!
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A daring release from this group, they effortlessly blend rock, jazz, funk, and several Latin and Mediteranean styles of music into one outstanding album. While this band is classed as Contemporary Jazz, they don't let themselves be bound by the genre's arbitrary standards. They push the boundaries of Jazz and create a smooth sound that ranges from the melancholic and inspiring Here Today Gone Tomorrow to the upbeat Samba-esque Spain. The album is an eclectic experience that is a joy to listen throughout, definitely an essential in your collection.
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Matador is a great record. I'm sending this CD to all my friends for Christmas... I love this band because although they are incredibly talented, they don't take themselves so seriously, and the resulting music is spontaneous, passionate, and fun. If you ever get the chance to see John Herrera play live -- don't miss it.
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