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Editors’ Notes

The title of The Bones of Art tells you what this fine album is all about: veteran trombonist and conch shell player Steve Turre celebrates the trombone and its jazz legacy while also paying tribute to drummer and bandleader Art Blakey. Turre, Frank Lacy, Robin Eubanks, and Steve Davis—who all played ‘bone in Blakey’s Jazz Messengers—lend their instrumental and writing skills to this 2013 release. Each track features three trombonists playing with a rhythm section; there’s not another horn in earshot. Things start in jaunty fashion with “Slide’s Ride,” Turre’s nod to Slide Hampton. Turre, Davis, and Lacy take turns holding forth; pianist Xavier Davis links those statements with engaging interludes. Eubanks’ “Shorter Bu,” a tribute to Wayne Shorter (who played in and composed for The Jazz Messengers) and Blakey, features excellent brass writing, a compelling statement on muted trombone from Turre, and some nice interplay as the cut fades out. “Daylight,” penned by Steve Davis, wraps the album on a high note. The Latin-flavored track ripples with energy, thanks in part to Pedro Martinez’s percussion, and Turre’s conch shell solo is wonderful.

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Biography

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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