Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The first recording - after many years of development by Turre - of sea shells played into the piano's open strings to create an ethereal, mystical, acoustic sound. Turre's superbly swinging quintet performs new original compositions including "Trayvon's Blues," an emotional centerpiece of recent Turre performances; "Bu," the rousing opener dedicated to his mentor Art Blakey; and "Funky Thing," written for the Saturday Night Live Band. Eight-panel deluxe gatefold digipak features photos by Jimmy Katz and an in-depth interview with Turre. Tracked live on a Neve 8038 Custom Console at NYC's famed analog studio Sear Sound.
The jazz world needs more Steve Turres. A powerful technician with a soulful tone and quick wit, Turre is perhaps the leading trombonist of this generation.
Anyone who has even casually followed Turre's work through the years knows that he coaxes otherworldly sounds from shells that the rest of us simply hold up to our ears.
New York Daily News
Turre taps into the continuum of the jazz tradition to keep it moving forward.
New York Times
He has a warm, controlled sound and articulates notes without much hard-consonant attack: his foggy ease can almost mask the extreme rigor behind his playing.
Personnel: Steve Turre (trombone); Bruce Williams (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Xavier Davis (piano); Willie Jones III (drums).
Audio Mixers: Roman Klun; Paul Stache.
Liner Note Authors: Damon Smith; Steve Turre.
Recording information: Sear Sound, Studio A, New York City (06/01/2014).
Photographer: Jimmy Katz.
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