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Album Review

Trombonist Steve Turre obviously put a lot of work into this CD for each of the nine selections has its own purpose and the personnel changes on every cut. Turre doubles on the conch shells and on a few numbers utilizes a "shell choir"; in addition there are often three percussionists, other notable trombonists (including Britt Woodman, Frank Lacy and Robin Eubanks) and such guest soloists as trumpeter Jon Faddis, tenor-saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and pianist Herbie Hancock. With highlights including "Funky-T," Yusef Lateef's "Morning," "Since I Fell for You" (a Woodman feature) and "All Blues," this is a particularly memorable and well-conceived set, one of Turre's best.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best

This is one of Steve Turre’s best records, which means it is one of the best jazz records, period. Steve Turre IS the greatest living trombonist, period (think JJ and then evolve), and he’s played with everybody (Jones/Lewis, Blakey, Hampton, Shaw, Gillespie, and the others mentioned herein). Speaking of greatest living, check out Herbie Hancock’s piano solo on the first cut, Funky T.; it is mind blowing. The second cut, Morning, predominated by shells, yes, conch shells, is mysterious and really grooves (think Rashaan Roland Kirk). Since I Fell for You makes you feel like you’ve slipped back in time to a club in the City late at night (Ray Charles, maybe). The Rhythm Within is an intellectual masterpiece (JJ, again). On and on. The final groove, African Shuffle, will have you up and moving (think Manny Oquendo and Libre). Throughout, the playing of all the musicians is masterful. The lineup of musicians is astounding: Hancock, Faddis, Pharaoh Sanders, Robin Eubanks, etc. The arrangements have real integrity (I don’t say this lightly) and the mixture of jazz, latin and african influences rings true. Buy this record. Listen to it a lot. Play it for your friends. You all will be impressed and uplifted. Wow. What a great record. If you don’t know Steve Turre, check out the interview on the website.


I love this album. It displays a real master of the trombone as well as mixes some old jazz classics such as "All Blues" with new rythms and harmonies. Turre really out did himself with this one.


Born: September 12, 1948 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the finest trombonists of the 1980s and '90s, Steve Turre also introduced the conch shells to jazz. After a brief period on violin, he switched to trombone when he was ten. Turre worked locally from age 13, played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk off and on from 1968, recorded with Santana in 1970, and in 1972 toured with Ray Charles. Turre had many diverse musical experiences in the '70s including tours with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (both in 1973), an opportunity...
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