Mark Turner: Dharma Days
Adding to the session’s depth is the fact that this is Turner’s first all-original outing. Having proven on previous efforts that he can play the post-bop staples and the ballads, he’s free to take us an extended tour of his compositional thinking, with no digressions. This includes a threefold tribute to some of his contemporaries: pianist Ethan Iverson ("Iverson’s Odyssey"), altoist Myron Walden ("Myron’s World") and, presumably, Jacky Terrasson ("Jacky’s Place"). Other highlights include the haunting ballad "We Three," the multi-episodic "Casa Oscura," and a freaky funk reworking of "Zurich" (from Turner’s 1994 Criss Cross debut Yam Yam ).
Together and separately, Turner and Rosenwinkel have developed what are arguably the most instantly identifiable styles in jazz today. Rosenwinkel continues to experiment sonically, phrasing in an odd, new way with the volume pedal on "Myron’s World" and employing sound-on-sound chording during "Jacky’s Place." (He relied on both effects during the live set as well.) And Turner’s labyrinthine lines and daunting harmonic language continue to set him apart from all of today’s young tenor stars. His conceptual contributions to the music are becoming nothing short of immense.
Track Listing: 1. Iverson's Odyssey 2. Deserted Floor 3. Myron's World 4. We Three 5. Jacky's Place 6. Casa Oscura 7. Zurich 8. Dharma Days 9. Seven Points
Personnel: Mark Turner, tenor saxophone; Kurt Rosenwinkel, guitar; Reid Anderson, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums
Record Label: Warner Bros.